Quotation by Samuel Richardson

To what a bad choice is many a worthy woman betrayed, by that false and inconsiderate notion, That a reformed rake makes the best husband!
Samuel Richardson (1689–1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Belford, in Clarissa, vol. 8, p. 61, AMS Press (1990).

One of Richardson's declared intentions in writing Clarissa was to expose the falseness of the notion That a reformed rake makes the best husband by revealing the essential contempt for women necessarily held by habitual rakes. See his Preface to Clarissa, vol. 1, p.viii.
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