You’d Think We’d Learn

I came across this passage in the gothic classic I’m reading and found it very disillusioning that this basic truth was being bandied about in the 1700s; and yet, to this day, most women have to learn it the hard way:

“Before she saw Valancourt, she had never met a mind and taste so accordant with her own; and though Madame Cheron told her much of the arts of dissimulation, and that the elegance and propriety of thought, which she so much admired in her lover, were assumed for the purpose of pleasing her, she could scarcely doubt their truth.”

                         — Ann Radcliffe, “The Mysteries of Udolpho,” 1789-

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