Love And Marriage

I do not know where the that women are so apt to take amiss every thing which is said in disparagement of the married state; and always consider a satyr° upon matrimony as a satyr upon themselves.

Do they mean, that they are the parties principally concerned, and that if a backwardness to enter into that state should prevail in the world, they would be the greatest sufferers? Or, are they sensible, that the misfortunes and miscarriages of the married state are owing more to their sex than to ours?

I hope they do not intend to confess either of these two particulars, or to give such an advantage to their adversaries, the men, as even to allow them to suspect it.

I have often had thoughts of complying with this humour of the fair sex, and of writing a praise on marriage.

I shall tell the women what it is our sex complains of most in the married state.

Scythian women once conspired against the men.

Tis regarded by some as an unlucky circumstance, since the women were resolved to maim the men, and deprive them of some of their senses, in order to render them humble and dependent, that the sense of hearing could not serve their purpose, since ’tis probable the females would rather have attacked that than the sight:

I know not if our Scottish ladies derive any thing of this humour from their Scythian ancestors.

But to be just, and to lay the blame more equally, I am afraid it is the fault of our sex, if the women be so fond of rule, and that if we did not abuse our authority, they would never think it worth while to dispute it.

Mankind, according to that fanciful philosopher, were not, in their original, divided into male and female, as at present; but each individual person was a compound of both sexes, and was in himself both husband and wife, melted down into one living creature.

Plato wrote about the mutual love between man and woman so agreeably.

Jupiter had separated the male from the female.

To remedy this disorder, and to bestow some comfort, Jupiter sent down Love and Hymen to collect the broken halves of human kind, and piece them together in the best manner possible.

These two favourites soon became irreconcileable enemies.

This quarrel had so pernicious consequences that led to complaints before the throne of Jupiter.