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Now I see our lances are but straws,
Our strength as weak, our weakness past compare,
That seeming to be most which we indeed least are.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Katherina, in The Taming of the Shrew, act 5, sc. 2, l. 173-5.
Saying, for the benefit of the headstrong Widow and Bianca, that women's weapons (words, temper, anger) are weak, offering a mere appearance of strength.
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