Have you the assurance to pretend, that when a lady demeans herself to throw aside the rules of decency, in order to honour you with the highest favour in her power, your virtue should resist her inclination? That when she had conquer'd her own virtue, she should find an obstruction in yours?
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Source Notes: Joseph Andrews (book 1, chapter 8) (1742). The amorous and experienced widow Lady Booby chides her footman Joseph Andrews for refusing her favors and trying to protect his own chastity.
Henry Fielding (April 22, 1707 October 8, 1754) was an English novelist and dramatist known for his rich earthy humor and satirical prowess and as the author of the novel Tom Jones.
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