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Quotation by Shakespeare
She that was ever fair, and never proud, Had tongue at will, and yet was never loud ... She that could think, and ne'er disclose her mind, See suitors following, and not look behind. She was a wight, if ever such wight were— To suckle fools and chronicle small beer.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 2, sc. 1, l. 148-9, 156-9.
Any woman ("wight") so perfect would be fit only to have fools for children and be concerned with trivialities ("small beer"); Iago's litany ends characteristically in contempt.
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