"...if a wife's case be as it is here represented, it is not good for a woman to marry, and so there's an end of human race. But this is no fair consequence, for all that can justly be inferred from hence is that a woman has no mighty obligations to the man who makes love to her; she has no reason to be fond of being a wife, or to reckon it a piece of preferment when she is taken to be a man's upper-servant; it is no advantage to her in this world..."
Or, what she so cleverly points out about marriage in general, from the beginning, "A woman can't properly be said to choose; all that is allowed her, is to refuse or accept what is offered." to the merits of education, "a philosophical lady... would be too wise and too good for the men." Finally, on getting married in general, "for perhaps if (women) took time to consider and reflect upon it, they seldom would."
The final gist of her entire statement about marriage is that in order to be happy in life, we (women) should look for happiness within or with God. Now, I'm not here to suggest that we "look to God" to find happiness. As I'm fond of saying, God's messages are sometimes hard to hear and understand, even by the most devout. But, I think what the message is that you won't find happiness with money, beauty, wit or men unless you find it with yourself first.
Ok. Did I mention this was written in 1700? Thankfully THIS is the fodder for one of the three papers due by Friday. The other reading du jour, The Book of Margery Kempe, was eerie, disturbing, and... generally shocking. I was so stunned when I read it, that I don't even want to dwell on it long enough to write a mandatory paper, much less discuss it on my blog.