The Historical Birthday-Tea Party 4th February


Fourth February and another no show. So off we go back into the seventeenth century nd meet Mary Davys, 1674-1732.

Irish/English playwright and novelist, when it was still pretty hard for a woman to get taken seriously. Here is a collection of delicious quotes:

Is there such  a thing as Justice in Man?
No Faith in their Oaths and Vows.

1724 The Reformed Coquet, or the Memoirs of Amoranda

If you have deceiv’d me as a friend, I have little reason to trust you as a lover.

Familiar Letters Betwixt a Gentleman and a Lady 1725 – to Artander Jan 3

My personal favourite:

… love like Edg’d Tools shou’d never be play’d with.

To A. Jan. 12

When Women write, the Criticks, now-a-days,
Are ready, e’er they see, to damn their plays;
Wit as the Men’s Prerogative they claim,
And with one voice, the bold Invader blame.

Prologue – the Self-Rival, A Comedy 1725

And let them consider, that a woman left to her own endeavours for twenty-seven years together, may well be allowed to catch at any opportunity for that Bread, which they that condemn her would probably deny to give her.

Preface, Works Volume 1 1725

I never was so vain as to think they (the plays) deserv’d a place in the first Rank, or so humble, as to resign them to the last.

(Ibid.)

A Husband! The very Name makes me almost tremble!
and I have once more given it under my hand that Marriage shall never spoil my friendship for Berina. When it does, I may cease to be.

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Author: Cherry Potts

Cherry Potts is a published fiction writer, publisher, event organiser, photographer, cardmaker, NLP master practitioner, life coach and trainer. She is an enthusiastic singer. Through Arachne Press she publishes fiction and non fiction and runs spoken word events and cross-arts workshops for writers at interesting venues. Always interested in new opportunites to perform, write or explore writing.

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