A woman, till five and thirty, is only looked upon as a raw girl, and can possibly make no noise in the world till about forty. I don't know what your ladyship may think of this matter, but 'tis a considerable comfort to me to know there is upon earth such a paradise for old women, and I am content to be insignificant at present, in the design of returning when I am fit to appear nowhere else.
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Source Notes: Letter to Lady Rich, 20 September 1716, Letters [Lady Mary Wortley Montagu], ed. Clare Brant (1992). The author refers to Vienna as a paradise for the middle-aged woman.
The Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (May 26, 1689-August 21, 1762), was an English authoress.
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