Quotation by Frances Burney

Look at your [English] ladies of quality—are they not forever parting with their husbands—forfeiting their reputations—and is their life aught but dissipation? In common genteel life, indeed, you may now and then meet with very fine girls—who have politeness, sense and conversation—but these are few—and then look at your trademen's daughters—what are they?—poor creatures indeed! all pertness, imitation and folly.
Frances Burney (1752–1840), British author. The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, vol. 1, p. 47, journal entry, November 17, 1768, ed. Lars E. Troide, Oxford University Press (1988).

Burney quotes the conversation of the Scotsman Alexander Seton, her elder sister's suitor.
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