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Authorities feared that females might succumb to ungodly "luxury." As one Puritan minister put it: "The special sin of women is pride and haughtiness, and that because they are more ignorant and worthless." Another divine declared that women "showed the vile note of impudency" when their pride "vented itself in gesture, hair, behavior and apparel."
But shame is gone, and honour wiped away, And impudency on my forehead sits.
A wonderfull incontinency and impudency. Being at it were confined to the Castell of Alacaes, vnder the custody of the Archbishop of Seuelle she had by D.