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CHARACTERS OP PASSION AND IMAGINATION.

LJuliet..

Helena.

Perdita.

Viola.

- Ophelia .

Miranda.

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CHARACTERS OF THE AFFECTIONS.

Hermione....

Desdemona.

Imogen..

Cordelia.

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HISTORICAL CHARACTERS.

Cleopatra.

Octavia.

Volumnia.

Constance of Bretagne.

Elinor of Guienne..

Blanche of Castile.

Margaret of Anjou.

Katherine of Arragon.

Lady Macbeth...

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CHARACTERISTICS OF WOMEN.

INTRODUCTION.

ScenaA Library.

ALDA.

You will not listen to me ?

MEDON

I do, with all the deference which befits a gentleman when a lady holds forth on the virtues of her own sex.

And with an impious hand murders her fame,
That wrongs the praise of women; that dares write
Libels on saints, or with foul ink requite
The milk they lent as.

Yours was the nobler birth,
For yoa from man were made-man but of earth-
The son of dust!

ALDA.

What's this?

MEDON.

“ Only a rhyme I learned from one I talked withal ; ” 'tis a quotation from some old poet that has fixed itself in my memory—from Randolph, I think.

ALDA.

Tis very justly thought, and very politely quotedy and my best courtesy is due to him and to you : but now will you listen to me ?

MEDON

With most profound humility.

ALDA.

Nay, then! I have done, unless you will lay aside these mock airs of gallantry, and listen to me for a moment! Is it

to bring a secondhand accusation against me, and not attend to my defence ?

MEDON.

Well, I will be serious.

ALDA.

Do so, and let us talk like reasonable beings.

MEDOX.

Then tell me, (as a reasonable woman you will not be affronted with the question,) do you really expect that any one will read this little book of vours ?

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