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Date: 1696

"The Prince, at this moment, banish'd from his Breast the Idea of all the Court-Beauties he had ever seen, and gaz'd on this Master-piece of Nature so long, till he had imprinted Cordelia's Image too deep for time ever to deface."

— Pix, Mary (c.1666-1720)

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Date: 1737

"Her lovely image, on his mind impress'd, / Had fix'd her empire in his yielding breast."

— Rowe [née Singer], Elizabeth (1674-1737)

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Date: 1792

"This habitual slavery, to first impressions, has a more baneful effect on the female than the male character, because business and other dry employments of the understanding, tend to deaden the feelings and break associations that do violence to reason."

— Wollstonecraft, Mary (1759-1797)

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