assuredly, the greatest tyrants over women are women.
 William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair (1847). copy citation

Author William Makepeace Thackeray
Source Vanity Fair
Topic women hate
Date 1847
Language English


“But it was when the ladies were alone that Becky knew the tug of war would come. And then indeed the little woman found herself in such a situation as made her acknowledge the correctness of Lord Steyne's caution to her to beware of the society of ladies above her own sphere. As they say, the persons who hate Irishmen most are Irishmen; so, assuredly, the greatest tyrants over women are women. When poor little Becky, alone with the ladies, went up to the fire-place whither the great ladies had repaired, the great ladies marched away and took possession of a table of drawings. When Becky followed them to the table of drawings, they dropped off one by one to the fire again.” source

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