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Moll Flanders

Moll Flanders

by Daniel Defoe

Women and Femininity Quotes

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I used the utmost of my endeavour to persuade him, and joined that known woman's rhetoric to it – I mean, that of tears. (1109)

Tears are a woman's rhetoric? Talk about sexist. But then again, Moll knows that the world she lives in is just that – sexist. And it probably won't do her any good to pretend otherwise. So maybe she figures she might as well make the best of it and use whatever tools she can to get what she wants and needs.

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