Most women would say they prefer quality to quantity when it comes to the number of times their partners are willing or able to have sex in a 24 hour period. But to some men numbers mean everything….
“A former Duke d’Orleans prided himself of having engaged in amorous combat twelve times in a single night with Mlle Deschamps. After that famous night, in honour of his exploit, he had the number 12 imprinted on the buttons of his breeches, coats and hats; he had his shirts marked with the figure 12. He wanted to have everything in dozens: twelve guns, twelve swords, twelve settings for his table, twelve dishes on his menu. Each day his treasurer delivered to him twelve hundred francs for pocket money, and when he bestowed a little tip or a present it was twelve francs or twelve louis.”
Others feel that two or three ‘benevolencies’ on a single night are sufficient demonstration of potency.
“Once is enough for a sick man to do;
Sound men can easily raise it to two.
Hotblooded gallants will go up to three;
Monks can reach five, when they’re off on a spree.
Six times or seven; no gentlemen’s job;
That’s fit for rustics, or some furloughed gob.
Excerpt from The Philosophy of the Bed by Mary Eden & Richard Carrington