Follow a shadow, it still flies you; Seem to fly it, it will pursue: So court a mistress, she denies you; Let her alone, she will court you. Say are not women truly, then, Styled but the shadows of us men? Ben Jonson.A Song. The Forest.
One morals plainwithout more fuss; Mans social happiness all rests on us: Through all the dramawhether damnd or not Love gilds the scene, and women guide the plot. Sheridan.Epilogue to the Rivals, Line 3.
The caprices of woman kind are not limited by any climate or nation, and they are much more uniform than can be imagined. Swift.The Voyage to Laputa, Chapter II, Vol. I. of Roscoes edition of his life.
Ah! happy age when ladies learnd to bake, And when kings daughters knew to knead a cake. Rebecca was esteemd of comely hue, Yet not so nice her comeliness to keep, But that she water for the camels drew; Rachael was fair, yet fed her fathers sheep, But now for to supply Rebeccas place Or do as Rachael did is counted base: Our dainty dames would take it in disgrace. Thos. Fuller.Davids Heinous Sin, Part III. Stanza 11, 12.