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The Mechanism of a Pudding

Some observations from the women of three continents reflecting their experience of the Georgian era.

A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can

Jane Austen

No refunds after the rising of the curtain.

Dorothy Jordan, who sent a torn-off piece of playbill to her improvident lover, William, Duke of Clarence, upon being instructed to economise whilst on tour. A Prince of the Blood - later William IV - he was said to have depended heavily upon her income.

After the dustman's compliment, all others are insipid.

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was told:  Love and bless you, my lady, let me light my pipe in your eyes!

Monogamy is a narrow way of thinking.

Elizabeth, Lady Craven, later Margravine of Anspach, adventuress and sister of Frederick Augustus, 5th Earl of Berkeley

In men this blunder still you find, All think their little set mankind.

Hannah More

Some people talk of morality, and some of religion, but give me a little snug property.

Maria Edgeworth

I have seven apartments in the house to keep in a state fit to be inspected everyday by Gentlemen.

Grace Darling

Custom, from the earliest periods of antiquity, has endeavoured to place the female mind in the subordinate ranks of intellectual sociability.

Mary 'Perdita' Robinson

I happened to say that when I was a child, I would not have pulled strawberry blossom...At dinner time he came in with the poem of 'Children gathering flowers'.

Dorothy Wordsworth

The night air so increased my cough, that, God knows where I found strength for these wild nocturnal promenades; but love does wonders! I passed the whole day coughing in bed, to obtain strength at least to die at his door...

Harriette Wilson

Make women rational creatures, and free citizens, and they will quickly become good wives - that is, if men do not neglect the duties of husbands and fathers.

Mary Wollstonecraft

Whence flow these wishes for the common good,
By feeling hearts alone best understood,
I, young in life, by seeming cruel fate
Was snatch’d from Afric’s fancy’d happy seat:
What pangs excruciating must molest,
What sorrows labour in my parent’s breast?
Steel’d was that soul and by no misery mov’d
That from a father seiz’d his babe belov’d:
Such, such my case. And can I then but pray
Others may never feel tyrannic sway

Phillis Wheatley

There are women vain of advantages not connected with their persons, such as birth, rank, and fortune; it is difficult to feel less the dignity of the sex. The origin of all women may be called celestial, for their power is the offspring of the gifts of Nature; by yielding to pride and ambition they soon destroy the magic of their charms

Mme de Stael

I confess I feel myself growing quite cross on the journey, and it is really to be feared that, unless we soon finish it, the serene tranquillity of my placid temper may be injured.

Theodosia Burr

Think of the magic of that foot, comparatively small, upon which your whole weight rests. It's a miracle, and the dance...is a celebration of that miracle.

Martha Washington

I would calmly ask, is it reasonable, that a candidate for immortality, for the joys of heaven, an intelligent being, who is to spend an eternity in contemplating the works of Deity, should at present be so degraded, as to be allowed no other ideas, than those suggested by the mechanism of a pudding, or sewing the seams of a garment?

Judith Sargent Murray

In the true married relationship, the independence of husband and wife will be equal, their dependence mutual, and their obligations reciprocal

Lucretia Mott

No more iniquity for me. My children shall go to Church and shall read their Bible, and I shall tread the path of truth and virtue.

One is always an angel when one has charge of the purse-strings and there is money in it.

Now, you little dog, though I am not your father's wife, I will make you know through life that I am your mother!

From my earliest infancy, I had been taught to consider inferiority of birth as an accident, and superiority of mind as the proudest of distinctions.

Mary Cole, 5th Countess of Berkeley



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