When a man receives no dowry [other] than that of beauty in his wife, he repents soon after the wedding ceremony is over, and the best-looking woman has but few means of defence against the indifference that soon takes the place of infatuation. I tell you again, these unbalanced raptures, these youthful longings and these transports may give us, at first, a few enjoyable nights, but this kind of happiness is not lasting, and, when our passion cools, disagreeable days follow the pleasant nights.
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Source Notes: The Blunderer (L'Etourdi) 4.3 (first performed 1653 or 1655 and published 1658), in The Plays of Moliere in French, trans. A. R. Waller, vol. 8 (1926). Anselm's advice to the young gentleman Leandre, who has fallen in love with a young woman of a lower social class.
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