Quotation by Sarah Fielding

Shakespeare ... makes Demetrius say to a young lady who follows him into a lonely wood that he wonders she will trust herself (being both young and handsome) in such a solitary place with one who loved her not. Most of the dabblers in human nature would have made his want of love for her an argument of her security, and would have supposed the danger to have arisen from being alone with a man who really loved her—which translated into plain English is neither more nor less than affirming that a man would not desire to injure the woman he doth not love but would not care how much he injured the women for whom he had a sincere affection.
Sarah Fielding (1710–1768), British novelist, and Jane Collier. Portia, in The Cry: A New Dramatic Fable, part 1, sc. 6 (1754).
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