Jane Austen quote about men from Persuasion - Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands.
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Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands.
 Jane Austen, Persuasion (1816). copy citation

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Author Jane Austen
Source Persuasion
Topic men women writing
Date 1816
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/105/105-h/105-h.htm

Context

“If I had such a memory as Benwick, I could bring you fifty quotations in a moment on my side the argument, and I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which had not something to say upon woman's inconstancy. Songs and proverbs, all talk of woman's fickleness. But perhaps you will say, these were all written by men."
"Perhaps I shall. Yes, yes, if you please, no reference to examples in books. Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything."
"But how shall we prove anything?"
"We never shall. We never can expect to prove any thing upon such a point. It is a difference of opinion which does not admit of proof.” source

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