Quotation by Sarah Fielding

And now behold the goddess seated on her throne ... receiving the adulation of her worshipper.... An adulation, which translated into plain English means no more than an address of the following kind: "Madam, I like you (no matter whether from fortune, person, or any other motive) and it will conduce much to my pleasure and convenience if you will become my wife: that is, if you will bind yourself before God and man to obey my commands as long as I shall live. And should you after marriage be forgetful of your duty, you will then have given me a legal power of exacting as rigid a performance of it as I shall please."
Sarah Fielding (1710–1768), British novelist, and Jane Collier. Portia, in The Cry: A New Dramatic Fable, part 1, sc. 3 (1754).
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