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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, I. Introductory. (search)
that day. Since his time men and women have so constantly worked together for the purpose of moral instruction, at least, that we almost forget that the joint phrase practically originated with St. Clement. But it was the British stage, after all, which took the hint more promptly than the Church; and although at first it would not tolerate women upon its boards, soon addressed to both sexes its prologues and its epilogues. In the epilogue to the old play of Juliana, or tie Princess of Poland, this being spoken in dialogue, as often happened, by an actor of each sex, the woman rebukes the man for addressing the audience as You, gentlemen! She says: You, gentlemen! and why, I pray, to them? What! do the ladies merit no esteem? She then takes his place, and addresses the whole audience as if it were a parliament, or, in the phrase then familiar, a diet: Fair English Diet, then, Senate of ladies, lower house of men, I humbly pray, decree before you go. This was in