Dr. Heidegger's Experiment
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Analysis: Steaminess Rating
Exactly how steamy is this story?
No sex, but there is some over-the-top competition between Colonel Killigrew, Mr. Gascoigne, and Mr. Medbourne over the Widow Wycherly. We're told at the beginning of the story that the men were once at the point of cutting each others' throats for her, and the men quickly regress to the same squabbling after drinking Heidegger's water. Of course, the men are only fighting over the right to dance with her.