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[145] and warriors have had similar nervous loathings for some particular animal. Shylock says,

Some men there are love not a gaping pig,
Some that are mad if they behold a cat,

and he adds that “there is no firm reason to be rendered” for these shrinking. So the mouse and the caterpillar do not decide the question, while the general fact doubtless is that the outlets of tears and terrors are made easier in the case of women, without thereby prejudicing their capacity for great endurance. The woman who weeps over a little disappointment may be the same woman who watches without sleep for night after night over her sick husband. She who shuts her eyes and screams at the lightning may yet go in the path of rifle-bullets to save her child. Apparently there is a difference of sex, in this respect, that runs through all nature. The lion with his mighty mane is the natural protector of the lioness; but hunters say that his mate, when in charge of her young, is the more formidable. In what may be called aggressive courage, man is doubtless the superior; but woman's courage is more the creature of self-devotion, and woman's cowardice more purely a matter of nerves.

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