Yet let it be proved that they ought to obey man implicitly, and I shall immediately agree that it is woman's duty to cultivate a fondness for dress, in order to please, and a propensity to cunning for her own preservation.
The virtues, however, which are supported by ignorance must ever be wavering -- the house built on sand could not endure a storm. It is almost unnecessary to draw the inference. -- If women are to be made virtuous by authority, which is a contradiction in terms, let them be immured in seraglios and watched with a jealous eye. -- Fear not that the iron will enter into their souls -- for the souls that can bear such treatment are made of yielding materials, just animated enough to give life to the body.
'Matter too soft a lasting mark to bear,The most cruel wounds will of course soon heal, and they may still people the world, and dress to please man -- all the purposes which certain celebrated writers have allowed that they were created to fulfil.
'And best distinguish'd by black, brown, or fair.'