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above making puddings and pies , and gtoosebeflry wme > exi&ted fo the sex ^ or that they eould be betted employed than
• To suckle fools and chronicle small beef / As * long as Women are treated as foals , such they will * more tit lesS i suckle- ; nature perpetuates injuries as well as benefits . Now it was that Dr . Drennan > who for the last twenty years had felt more interest about fossil bones than about the fairest belles , ' turned to that terira incognita , the female world , and the notable widow of a farmer soon fixed his attention .
She was well-looking , in what , in a drawing-room , would he called rude health , and , according to the report of a friend who was abetting the doctor in the rash act he was about to commit , sfee was heither p , gossip nor a gad-about , but just such a delegate ) as who to her
a man of letters might desire ^ one would attend otoi % province , not infringe upon his . Her utter want of intellectual culture the doctor and his friend deemed a matter of no moment , since she might always avail herself of the rich , funds of her husband ' s mind .
These worthies did not reflect that funds exist in vain for those unfitted to use them . Dr . Drennan expected to find a domestic delegate , who would superintend the economy of the kitchen and the comfort of the
parlour , without interfering with the library . He was unconscious that in all things a general harmony is essential to happiness—that the essence , if frot the substance , of the library , contributes most materially to brighten and warm th $ atmosphere of the parlour .
During the embroidered days of courtship , ( for though tjife widow was a sort of dowlas , and the doctor a 6 ort of foolscap * the eonimoh course was pursued , ) how fondly did Dr . Drennaa anticipate the time when of all the locks in his house he should Oaiy turn Locke on the Human Understanding ; when , without reference to roast or stew , he might enjoy Bacon and Boyle ; recreate
with Cook ' s Voyages , without any care about cooks ' accounts ; wheh a train of precious thoughts should run no risk of being disturbed by Ati appeal about preserves ; whett h < e might at knee-deep iri litter , cutting up newspapers , pasting and compiliftg » without hearing anything about pickles ; enjoy saying ia smalrt thing-, o * - indulge in uttering an angry one , without interruption
about vinegar and spices ; when he might crack jokes tilt hapjyy unconsciousness of the contingencies of cracked crockery ? wheik he might give a connecting thread to a treatise , and « 6 t fiiid such wanting to the buttons of his shirt or the strings of hfe w&ist coUt ; in sho * t , When he might cater for the mind , relieved df fell ( i af ^ s abd ut the body .
Nftr we * e his 'friends less interested ttpoft the present o £ easid % si «<* e iti the eVeni of his niartiage they did hopfe , that wfeefc m
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 2, 1835, page 227, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2644/page/3/