Conjugial Love (Rogers) n. 398

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398. (10) In the measure that innocence in little children recedes, affection and conjunction are also lessened, and this progressively to the point of separation. People know that love for their little children, or storg-, recedes in parents in the measure that innocence recedes in the children; and that in the case of human beings, it recedes to the point of the children's being separated from the home, and in the case of animals and birds, to the point of their driving away their young from their presence, and of forgetting that they are their offspring. It can be seen from this as well, as a clear corroboration, that it is innocence flowing in on both sides that produces the love called storg-.

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