When children are brought up together, when they play together, eat together, and are bathed together in infancy, they tend not to consider one another possible sex partners. When, on the other hand, they are brought up close together but segregated by sex, especially when sex and sex characteristics are surrounded with mystery and prohibitions, and they tend to form strong but repressed attractions for one another. The former case pertains in lower-class, poor, and tolerant Gehennese families. The later in upper-class, rich, and strict families.

Incest is strongly tabooed in Gehennese society, marriage to close relatives (and their widowed or divorced ex-spouses) is forbidden, and incestuous liaisons are regarded with horror and disgust. The segregation of children in households which can afford it is intended to prevent incest, but, by an irony of fate, has the opposite effect.

See kinship.

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