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Although he distanced himself from the most vicious parts of Juvenal’s sixth satire (‘Whatever his Roman ladies were, the English are free from all his imputations’), his 1693 translation pillories women who have eclipsed plain simple manners with ‘pride, laziness, and all luxurious arts’. Some of the harshest invective is reserved for those who are overeducated: But of all plagues, the greatest is untold; The book-learned wife, in Greek and Latin bold45 44 Jonathan Swift, Major Works, ed. Angus Ross and David Woolley (Oxford: Oxford World’s Classics, 1984), 533–4, l.
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