Q. Whether from the present Carriage of the Female Sex, we may not judge we are bantered into a belief of their being such Angels as they are are represented by their Admirers?
A. We can't much approve either of the Prudence, Good-Nature, or Truth of those Persons, who are eternally commending the Days of our Great Grandfathers, and declaiming againſt our own. 'Tis certain, we had Vices common here in Henry the 8th's days, which now make an English Man tremble but to hear them mentioned. To come to the Question, we think the present Carriage of the Female Sex much what the same, or at leaſt not worse, than their former Behaviour -- Many then were proud, foolish, and vain, and so they are now; and Men as well as they; and so it is like to continue when the Athenian Oracle is forgotten. After all, most of their vanity they owe to us; and if We ourselves firſt tell them they are Angels, and are afterwards angry when we find them mortal, whom can we blame for the Mistake? To be short, their Admirers think them angels, because they place their Heaven only in them; their Despisers and Enemies call them Devils, because, perhaps, some of them have tormented them; but those who know them better, and are more intimately acquainted with them, tell us poor innocent Bachelors, that they are neither one nor t'other, but as very arrant Flesh and Blood as we ourselves are.
Nay, many things there are which we evidently perceive to be undoubted Effects of Natural Causes (under wich we may perhaps yet rank the Operation of the Magnet) the Modus of whose Action would not only puzzle the Athenians, but all the Boyls, the Cartes's and Aristotles that ever have been in Nature; and yet however, all are agreed the Effects are Natural, or according to the settled regular Powers of natural Agents
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