THE morals of the British have always intrigued and baffled foreigners. For centuries, Europeans visiting that cold, controlled country have discovered to their amazement—and frequent envy—that the abundance, subtlety and variety of sexual sport in London's demimonde make continental capitals seem parochial. Until recent years, it was impossible to go to dinner at London's most fashionable clubs or private houses without passing swarms of well-turned-out and sometimes handsome streetwalkers standing guard on the sidewalk. Like many another foreign analyst of Anglo-Saxon attitudes, French Diarist Hippolyte Taine, visiting London in the mid 19th...

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