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Date: 1712, 1715, 1719

One may endeavor "to stifle and suppress [...] foolish Fancies, as Rebels to [her] Reason, and Enemies to [her] Repose"

— Barker, Jane (1675-1743)

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Date: 1712, 1715, 1719

"I placed him in the Tribunal of my Judgment, as the Author of my Father's Death, which render'd him unfit ever to be my Husband"

— Barker, Jane (1675-1743)

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Date: 1712, 1715, 1719

When "Interest and Inclination stand Candidates for Preference, we then trick with Virtue, and put the Cheat upon Honour; we impose upon our Understandings, and force our Judgments; nay more, we depose even Reason itself, and give Passions the Regency; and when our Minds are thus untun'd, our Act...

— Barker, Jane (1675-1743)

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Date: 1712, 1715, 1719

Our Minds may be "untun'd," so that "our Actions soon joyn in the same Discord; post-pone the Laws of the Gods, and make those of our Country ineffectual"

— Barker, Jane (1675-1743)

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Date: 1712, 1715, 1719

"Valerius now became an Example; for he was not wicked in his Nature, but misled by the Ignis-fatuus of his Passion and Interest."

— Barker, Jane (1675-1743)

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Date: 1712, 1715, 1719

A contrivance may raze "out all those Characters of Friendship and fraternal Love, which [...] virtuous and generous Behaviour" may engrave in the Heart

— Barker, Jane (1675-1743)

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Date: 1712, 1715, 1719

We "suffer our selves to be blown and toss'd by our Passions, without casting Anchor on the Coast of sound Judgment, or steering to the Harbour of right Reason"

— Barker, Jane (1675-1743)

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Date: 1712, 1715, 1719

"I was in this Labyrinth of Thoughts when one brought me a Letter from Exiilus"

— Barker, Jane (1675-1743)

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Date: 1712, 1736

One may be a Lord but in Title, a vassal in Effect, "Whom Lust controuls, and wild Desires direct"

— Granville, George, Baron Lansdowne (1666-1735)

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Date: 1712, 1736

There are sovereign Lords "Whom Lust controuls, and wild Desires direct; / The Reigns of Empire but such Hands disgrace, / Where Passion, a blind Driver, guides the Race."

— Granville, George, Baron Lansdowne (1666-1735)

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