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I shall be led particularly to examine the natural station and duties of the Female Sex; its improvement, and the bounds which Nature herself has prescribed to the progress of that improvement; beyond which, every pretended advance will be a real degradation.-SIR JAMES MACKINTOSH, on the Law of Nature and Nations.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

LONDON:
JAMES COCHRANE AND CO.,

11, WATERLOO-PLACE.

MDCCCXXXY.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER X.

FAMOUS WOMEN.

$ 1.-Such women as have attained celebrity have, in most instances, degraded the sex.- :-(2) Modes of greatness: female possession of power.-(3) Women famed for attributed genius.—(4) Beautiful women.—(5) Individuals notorious for masculine qualities.—(6) Virtuous

-(7) The true glory of Woman is altogether apart from celebrity.

CHAPTER XI.

women.

BEAUTY.

$ 1.-Beauty, a deceitful and fanciful excellence: the one distinction coveted by women.—(2) All beauty ideal and fictitious: the standard of female loveliness is "geographical."—(3) The influence of personal attraction how far powerful?_short-lived in their ascendancy.(4) Counterfeit beauty: actual worth of beauty: its frailty from disease, and from time.—(5) The most beautiful, rarely prove the most admirable specimens of human nature.

CHAPTER XII.

LOVE,

$ 1.--Love, essentially a female passion.—(2) The passion viewed in its romantic sense: its contradictions and idealism.--(3) Follies of such lovers : a Woman beloved endeared the more by her faults. (4) Real and mortal nature of love.-(5) Uncertain nature of all human pas

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$ 1.-Offensive nature of this vice; especially as a

characteristic in women.—(2) How far female selfishness
can be excused, in consequence of the weakness and
natural dependance of that sex. --(3) Selfishness of heart
is not inconsistent with the display of what are esteemed
the more generous qualities.-(4) Female avarice, not a
very uncommon characteristic.-(5) Circumstances which pander to, or increase, self-love among women.

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CHAPTER XVI.

FAULTS AND FOLLIES.

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$ 1.- Deceit in Woman.—(2) Caprice.-(3) Anger.- . (4) Ardour for novelty.—(5) Moral imbecility.—(6) Propensities to slander and envy.-(7) Female curiosity.(8) Inclination to obstinacy and self-opinionation.-(9) Affected sensibility: real heartlessness.-(10) The satirical propensity.-(11) Pride of modesty.-(12) Loquacity among women.-(13) Habitual weeping.–(14) General levity of disposition and habits.

CHAPTER XVII.

VIRTUES IN WOMAN. $ 1.-High merit of individuals.-Justice is to be awarded on all hands,—to the few equally as to the many.-Particular instances of female perfection: moral beauty.-A large number, if not perfect, are not vicious.-Circumstances have combined to preclude in some degree the improvement of the female character.—Better prospects for happiness in both sexes.

CHAPTER XVIII.

MODESTY.

$ 1.-Excellence and influence of Modesty in Woman. -(2) A digression: the laws of modesty as regarding either sex; a distinction between them not the result of mere authority or caprice.—(3) This virtue of modesty is of the conventional class; its principles being altogether artificial and local.—(4) How far it is fitting that women should be self-trusted.—(5) Licentiousness of the present day; this fact an indirect libel on the fair sex: female morality in all ages.—(6) Degrees of vice, as observable among the various classes of society: the earliest reform

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