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Quotation by Shakespeare
Down from the waist they are centaurs, Though women all above; But to the girdle do the gods inherit, Beneath is all the fiends': there's hell, there's darkness, There is the sulphurous pit, burning, scalding, Stench, consumption.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 4, sc. 6, l. 124-9.
The treatment of him by his daughters provokes this outburst of misogyny; centaurs were legendary creatures, half-human, half-horses, and notorious for lustfulness.
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