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"You hear now,” said the prince, “no accident can happen, without a woman being, in some way, an instrument."

CAPT. SKINNER's Excursions in India.

(19) I am sorry to say it, but I have too often observed that fear as well as love is necessary on the lady's part, to make wedlock happy; and it will generally do it, if the man sets out with asserting his power and her dependance.—Richardson's Elegant Epistles.

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CHAPTER II.

INTELLECT IN WOMAN.

“ Well I know, in the prime end Of nature, her th' inferior; in the mind And inward faculties, which most excel.”

MILTON.

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importance of which can scarcely be overrated; and there are respects in which should be distinctly understood what it is not, as well as what it is. Now, although woman be, in common with man, distinguished by the possession of reason, yet is not the sphere of genius hers: she can claim neither its properties nor its privileges, and intellectual excellence is still less her province than it is her peculiarity.

Power of mind is sexual : that vigour of genius which distinguishes man is rarely to be found in the opposite sex; in a word, woman is a creature less intellectual than man.

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