Women who have been well educated, far from despising domestic duties, will hold them in high respect; because they will see that the whole happiness of life is made up of the happiness of each particular day and hour, and that much of the enjoyment of these must depend upon the punctual practice of those virtues which are more valuable than splendid.
Were I sure, my dear friend, that every literary lady would be equally fortunate in finding in a husband a man who would sympathize in her tastes, I should diminish my formidable catalogue of evils.
All this is much in favour of female literature. With this belief impressed upon her heart, do you think, my dear friend, that she who can reflect and reason would take the means to disgust where she wishes to please? Learned men have usually chosen for their wives, or for their companions, women who were rather below than above the standard of mediocrity: A lady riding on horseback upon a side-saddle is not thought a wonderful thing by the common people in England; but when an English lady rode upon a side-saddle in an Italian city, where the sight was unusual, she was universally gazed at by the populace; to some she appeared an object of astonishment, to others of compassion: Your general ideas of the habits and virtues essential to the perfection of the female character nearly agree with mine; but we differ materially as to the cultivation, which it is necessary or expedient to bestow upon the understandings of women.
And now of power his darts are found, Twice ten thousand times to wound. We may declaim, but what do we really know? As a supplement to reasoning comes recrimination: It is in vain to tell me, that more enlarged ideas in our sex would alter our tastes, and alter even the associations which now influence our passions.
By displacing, disjointing words and sentences, by misunderstanding the whole, or quoting only a part of what has been said, you may convict any man of inconsistency, particularly if he be a man of genius and feeling; for he speaks generally from the impulse of the moment, and of all others can the least bear to be charged with paradoxes.
I am by no means disposed to indulge in the fashionable ridicule of prejudice. The peculiarities of literary women will also disappear as their numbers increase. The silent unreproved pleasures of literature are the sure resource of those who have cultivated minds; those who have not, must wear out their disconsolate unoccupied old age as chance directs.
You appeal to history, to prove that great calamities have ensued whenever the female sex has obtained power; yet you acknowledge that we cannot with certainty determine whether these evils have been the effects of our trusting them with liberty, or of our neglecting previously to instruct them in the use of it: All is uncertainty — human prudence does nothing — fortune every thing; I leave every thing therefore to fortune; you leave nothing.
It has been observed, that gentlemen are not apt to admire a prodigious quantity of learning, and masculine acquirements in the fair sex — we usually consider a certain degree of weakness, both of mind and body, as friendly to female grace.
You will ask me why I should suppose that wits are more liable to be spoiled by admiration than beauties, who have usually a larger share of it, and who are not more exempt from vanity?
She shall despise the idle whisper, and the common tattle of her sex; her soul shall be raised above the ignorant and the frivolous; she shall have a relish for higher conversation, and a taste for higher society.An Analysis on An Essay on the Noble Science of Self-Justification Although not of much modern popularity, Edgeworth is counted as one of greatest female writers in Ireland and England during this time.
AN ESSAY ON THE NOBLE SCIENCE OF SELF-JUSTIFICATION "For which an eloquence that aims to vex, With native tropes of anger arms the sex." – Parnell. The Noble Science of Self-Justification. November 28, By JoannaBanana we were supposed to write a sarcastic apology letter emulating Maria Edgeworth and her essay that goes by the same.
"An Essay on the Noble Science of Self-Justification" purports to be an instructional piece addressed to young married ladies (or ladies about to be married) on the best ways in which to confound, manipulate, and triumph over their husbands.
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By: Miss. Edgeworth (Maria Edgeworth).: Maria Edgeworth (1 January - 22 May ) was a prolific Anglo-Irish writer.Download