But this instrument of self-protection--which may be called the power of the scold, or the shrewish sanction--has the fatal defect, that it avails most against the least tyrannical superiors, and in favour of the least deserving dependents.

Decorum, indeed, is the one thing needful !–decorum is to supplant nature, and banish all simplicity and variety of character out of the female world.

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