“If a man talk of any kind of beast or fowl, presently the nature is known, as for example: the Lions are all strong and hardy; the Hares are all fearful and cowardly; the Doves are all simple; and so of all the beasts and fowl the like (I mean few or none swerving from his kind).  But women have more contrary sorts of behavior than there be women, and therefore impossible for a man to know all, no, nor one part of women’s qualities all the days of thy life” (209).

from Half Humankind, excerpted from The Arraignment of Lewd, idle, froward, and unconstant women: Or the vanity of them, choose you whether. With a Commendation of wise, virtuous, and honest Women, Pleasant for married Men, profitable for young Men, and hurtful to none.

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