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Society for the Study of Early Modern WomenBest Translation of 2004
Society for the Study of Early Modern Women
She questions her about a certain very stupid man, who is only happy because he is ignorantMadam,
She tries to prove that those who have the least amount of wit have the least amount of worry.Madam,
She calls her her goddess-she asks her to pierce all the way to her heart to see the affection that she cannot express.Madam,
She says that she has more love than knowledge and that, because of the influence of her affection, she injudiciously puts her feelings into words.Madam,
She sends word that nothing could stop her from writing to her, not even a fever, no matter how extreme.Madam,
She is afraid that, having received a little satisfaction, she has lost a greater one and that, by forcing herself to write, she has only worsened her illness.Madam,
She reassures her that she has not forgotten her and hopes that the frequency of her letters is not bothersome.Madam,
She reassures her that her letters are never bothersome and describes the grief she feels that she has not received all of them.
Excerpted from Selected Letters, Orations, and Rhetorical Dialogues by Julie Strongson Copyright © 2004 by Julie Strongson. Excerpted by permission.
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