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Date: 1698

"Contagion seize 'em, Mildews and Blasts destroy her Beauty, stamp her Face as deform'd as her Soul, for, a Plague on her, she's too handsom now."

— Pix, Mary (c.1666-1720)

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Date: 1766

"I must believe you, Emily; there is a charm in truth, that strikes upon the mind, like light upon our eyes"

— Griffith, Elizabeth (1720-1793)

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Date: 1779

"There are, my Liege, who have with groundless jealousy / Poison'd Lord Edward's mind, and work'd on him / To yield to infamy his spotless Bride."

— Cowley [née Parkhouse], Hannah (1743-1809)

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Date: 1788

"The mind's disease, perhaps, I'm not less a stranger to--Oh! trust the noble patient to my care."

— Inchbald [née Simpson], Elizabeth (1753-1821)

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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.