|Posted: 13 November 2005 at 2:49pm | IP Logged
Impotence: all of us boys have been down that road one way or another during our lives. Temporarily, anyway. Thank gawd. And Ernest is no exception. A well documented episode of Ernie’s temporary impotence can be found in Hemingway A Biography by Jeffrey Meyers – See page 403. This bout from August to November 1944 is attributable to an accident – a physical cause rather than psychological factors.
Further, Ernie also suffered temporary bouts of impotence attributable to “psychological” factors in 1927 just after his marriage to Pauline and in 1936 during a crisis with Jane Mason.
Ernie recovered from them all.
I think Ernie’s sexual life was quite active: four wives and a lot of girlfriends (Marlene Dietrich, Jane Mason, Duff Twysden) and all the characters that went into The Garden of Eden. In one documented episode with Mary in 1944, Ernie bragged that he and Mary had stayed in bed all day and had sex five times. Mary was there and did not deny it. Some of Ernie’s adventures could well be a factor of his imagination like his relationship with Adriana. Too bad that we’ll never know because I believe Ernest was discreet in many of his sexual adventures.
Quoting from Myers: “His sexual boasting was directly related to his fear of impotence and his declining sexual powers in middle age.” This can apply to most of us boys but I’m afraid to boast because I don’t want to be called on to prove…
Edited by RobbieJor on 14 November 2005 at 2:15pm