Proceedings, American Philosophical Society (vol. 121, No. 4, 1977)

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Página 277 - I would send her, at nine years old, to a boarding-school, in order to learn a little ingenuity and artifice. Then, sir, she should have a supercilious knowledge in accounts; and as she grew up, I would have her instructed in geometry, that she might know something of the contagious countries. But above all, Sir Anthony, she should be mistress of orthodoxy, that she might not misspell and mispronounce words so shamefully as girls usually do; and likewise that she might reprehend the true meaning...
Página 277 - Observe me, Sir Anthony. I would by no means wish a daughter of mine to be a progeny of learning; I don't think so much learning becomes a young woman; for instance —I would never let her meddle with Greek, or Hebrew, or Algebra, or Simony, or Fluxions, or Paradoxes, or such inflammatory branches of learning...
Página 279 - Oh! certainly,' cried his faithful assistant, 'no one can be really esteemed accomplished, who does not greatly surpass what is usually met with. A woman must have a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing, and the modern languages, to deserve the word; and besides all this, she must possess...
Página 288 - The danger of pedantry and presumption in a woman ; of her exciting envy in one sex and jealousy in the other ; of her exchanging the graces of imagination for the severity and preciseness of a scholar — would be, I own, sufficient to frighten me from the ambition of seeing my girl remarkable for learning.
Página 282 - Few, I believe, have ever enjoyed such happiness, or such advantages as I have had in the instructions, society, and unbounded confidence and affection, of such a father and such a friend.
Página 289 - St Aubert cultivated her understanding with the most scrupulous care. He gave her a general view of the sciences, and an exact acquaintance with every part of elegant literature.
Página 279 - All fenfible people agree in thinking, that large feminaries of young ladies, though managed with all the vigilance and caution which human abilities can exert, are in danger of great corruption.
Página 281 - I once, indeed, knew a little girl who was as eager to learn as her instructors could be to teach her ; and who, at two years old, could read sentences and little stories in her •wise book, roundly, without spelling, and, in half a year more, could read as well as most women ; but I never knew such another, and, I believe, never shall.
Página 295 - Men have various departments in active life ; women have but one, and all women have the same, differently modified indeed by their rank in life and other incidental circumstances. It is to be a wife, a mother, a mistress of a family. The knowledge belonging to these duties is your professional knowledge, the want of which nothing will excuse.
Página 311 - This investigation was supported in part by a research grant (.4-428) from the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases of the National Institutes of Health, Public Health Service, and in part by an institutional research grant from the American Cancer Society.

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