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"The thing in woman that arouses respect and often enough fear is her nature, which is “more natural” than man’s nature, her genuine predatory and cunning adaptability, her tiger’s claws under the glove, the naivete of her egotism, her ineducable nature and inner wildness, the incomprehensibility, breadth, and roaming of her desires and virtues. . . . With all this fear, what creates sympathy for this dangerous and beautiful cat “woman” is that she appears to suffer more, to be more vulnerable and in need of love, and to be condemned to suffer disappointment more than any animal. Fear and pity: with these feelings man has stood before woman up to this point, always with one foot already in tragedy, which tears to pieces while it delights."

Please help me to get what the author means by "which tears to pieces while it delights."

Thank you so much.

Cadzao

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Tragedy (the theatrical, dramatic form) tears (our 'souls', our feelings) to pieces, disturbs us emotionally.
At the same time, it 'delights' us, the audience, in the sense that we find satisfaction in it. (Think of the Greek or Shakespearian tragedies, for example. Think catharsis.)
CJ
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Thank you so much, CalifJim.

Cadzao
Fear and pity: with these feelings man has stood before woman up to this point, always with one foot already in tragedy, which tears to pieces while it delights."

Well, here's my take. . . .

This entire piece is a comparison between Man and Woman. He looks at the feelings of Fear and Pity. In this last sentence, I think he is talking about MAN here. That man always has "one foot in tragedy" and that kind of tragedy is one that tears to pieces while it delights (is violent and man delights in this).