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Written by Margaret C
(6/3/2013 2:04 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Laughing at men?, penned by Ramya
"'She's prodigiously pretty. Pray, is not she a great fool?'
'I beg your pardon! but I don't suppose you are responsible for the intellects of all your generation. However, she'll do vastly well; you need not be uneasy for her. A face like that will take very good care of itself. I am glad she is engaged, for your sake, though I am sorry for Mandlebert; that is, if, as his class of countenance generally predicts, he marries with any notion of expecting to be happy.'
'But why, ma'am,' cried Camilla, checking a sigh, 'are you glad for my sake?'
'Because there are two reasons why she would be wonderfully in your way; she is not only prettier than you, but sillier.'
'And would both those reasons,' cried Camilla, again laughing, 'make against me?'
'O, intolerably, with the men! They are always enchanted with something that is both pretty and silly; because they can so easily please and so soon disconcert it; and when they have made the little blooming fools blush and look down, they feel nobly superior, and pride themselves in victory. Dear creatures! I delight in their taste; for it brings them a plentiful harvest of repentance, when it is their connubial criterion; the pretty flies off, and the silly remains, and a man then has a choice companion for life left on his hands!'" (Vol.2 Book 3 Ch. XII Airs and Graces)
Alls well that ends well, but I am sure at least half of the ten books could be dispensed with if Edgar Mandlebert was not such a misogynistic twit, and how Camilla sustains her interest in him is beyond me.
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