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  • Her household culture revolved around her and her tastes and, like the court of Urbino in The Courtier, engaged in the courtly pastimes of intellectualized love-play, witty conversation, and scholarship along with less exalted but common pastimes such as gambling.

    From Heads of Household to Heads of State: The Preaccession Households of Mary and Elizabeth Tudor, 1516-1558

  • Gabriel had been an imaginative and adventurous lover, who enjoyed drawn-out, sensually erotic love-play.

    Master of Pleasure

  • Towards the end they'd gotten better at it; she had at least as much pleasure out of love-play as he did.

    The Lark And The Wren

  • There were newer scars across his chest and back where her nails had scored him in their love-play; whether these were marks of honor or not none could say.

    Dwellers in the Crucible

  • They spoke little in the day and so saved their breath for the wild love-play of the night.

    The Weird of the White Wolf

  • As an example of the way painters and poets have not been "spared by the author's acid nib," he says: "Matisse is surprised in a moment of senile love-play."

    Life with Picasso

  • I found it hard even then to go through the love-play and sweet seriousness that went on between Catherine and me, knowing that Marian Harrison was a sort of mental spectator.

    Highways in Hiding

  • To make it quite satisfactory to the man, the woman must be tender and supple and skilled in the charm and movements of love-play.

    Married Love: or, Love in Marriage

  • After the preliminaries of love-play, the stimulated penis, erect, enlarged and stiffened, is pressed into the woman's vagina.

    Married Love: or, Love in Marriage

  • Then, when the propitious hour arrives, and after the love-play, the growing passion expands, until the transports of rapture find their ending in the explosive completion of the act, at once the tension of his whole system relaxes, and his muscles fall into gentle, easy attitudes of languorous content, and in a few moments the man is sleeping like a child.

    Married Love: or, Love in Marriage

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