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Quotation by Laurence Sterne
A daughter of Eve ... had better be fifty leagues off—or in her warm bed—or playing with a case-knife—or any thing you please—than make a man the object of her attention, when the house and all the furniture is her own.
Laurence Sterne (1713–1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1765), vol. 8, ch. 8, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).
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