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The Gentlewoman's Companion: or, A Guide to the Female Sex, an electronic edition

by Hannah Woolley [Woolley, Hannah, fl. 1670]

date: 1675
source publisher: Printed by A. Maxwell for Edward Thomas
collection: Early Modern through the 18th Century

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A Gentleman accidentally hapning into a room where a Company of Ladies were well known to him.

Gent. Your pardon, Ladies; let not my coming interrupt your Discourse, but rather give me the freedom that I may participate in the satisfaction.
Ladies. Our discourse is of no great concernment; we can take some other time to continue it, that we may now give way to yours, which we doubt not will prove every whit, if not more agreeable.

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Gent. My invention, Ladies, cannot want a subject for Discourse; where the company so overflows with wit and ingenuity; but my tongue will want expressions to answer your Critical expectations.
Ladies. Sir, we acknowledg no such thing in our selves and therefore let not that we pray be the subject of your eloquence, left we suspect you intend to laugh at us.
Gent. Ladies, you must suffer me not withstanding at this, that though moesty interdicts you the acknowledging a truth, yet the respect I bear to Ladies, commands me not only to acknowledg it, but also to divulge and maintain it.
Ladies. We confess, Sir, the frailty and weakneww of our Sex requires some support; and for my own part, I cannot look upon any person so worthy as your self to be our Champion.
Gent. What power I have to vindicate your person, is derivative from your virtues; and were I so feeble, that the supporters of my body were no longer able to support that burthen; yet one propitious glance of any of your eyes would dart heat and vigor through my whole body and so my feet would be enabled to run in your service.
Ladies. Have a care, Sir, you do not strain your invention above the reach of any Hyperhole; but lore your fancy to the meanness of our capacity; if you cannot perform it at present, we will give you time.
Gent. Ladies, I am fearful my company may be troublesome, or interrupt you from more agreeable conversation, wherefore your Servant, Ladies.

F I N I S.