Quotation by Sarah Fielding

As this world is at present constituted, what we call the lower part of mankind work for pay, and by that means support themselves and families; yet their assistance by the means of their labor is as necessary to the rich as the pay of the rich is to the laboring man. Did not this dependency for common subsistence oblige the lower class of men to sell their labor, if the gentleman whose birth and fortune had enabled him to have had a literate education was to despise his cook for his ignorance, the cook in my opinion would then have a very reasonable pretense for withdrawing his labor and forcing the learned insulter to employ some of that time in preparing food for his body which he (by the help of his cook) hath now leisure to employ in pampering the pride of his heart by first acquiring and then applauding his own acquired learning.
Sarah Fielding (1710–1768), British novelist, and Jane Collier. Portia, in The Cry: A New Dramatic Fable, part 1, sc. 8 (1754).
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