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By Elizabeth Gaskell

Upon their arrival within the fictional city of Milton from their cozy lifestyles within the rural South, Margaret Hale and her mom and dad are struck via the tough truth of the economic revolution. while Margaret turns into sympathetic to the agony of the town's mill staff and their households, she develops a resolute feel of social justice that places her at odds with the mill's proprietor, John Thorton.

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More specifically, the matrons of the Sixth Satire exemplify the inversion of the marital values of Stoic teaching.  In fact, Postumus is urged to assist in the abortion of his wife's child, for his heir is likely to be an Ethiopian: Rejoice, unfortunate husband, Give her the dose yourself, whatever it is; never let her Carry till quickening time, or go on to full term and deliver Something whose hue would seem to prove you a blackamoor father, Sire of an off­color heir you'd prefer not to meet in the daylight.

7:32–34.  Whereas she who is married thinks about the things of the world and how she may please her husband.  it is these who had not defiled themselves with women" (14:3–4).  His works provided much fuel for subsequent misogamous and misogynistic texts.  Are we to have weddings every day and, in the midst of nuptials, to be overtaken by the day of dread even as were Sodom and Gomorrah?  In doing so, he emphasizes the burdensome encumbrances of children to their mothers. , indulgences of the flesh) remained the standard interpretation for centuries to come.

The fact that Jerome felt compelled to justify his orthodoxy regarding marital matters, and that the reaction to his treatise was violently adverse, reflects clearly the improved social status of the Church—eschatology and the extinction of the race were no longer such viable alternatives.  The final nine chapters muster evidence for the chaste ideal from pagan history, literature, and philosophy.  It is better, Jerome concludes, to be like Christ who, himself a virgin, was born of a virgin.  She floods the house with her constant nagging and chatter.

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