In this country it is more despicable to be married and not fruitful, than it is with us to be fruitful before marriage. They have a notion, that, whenever a woman leaves off bringing children, it is because she is too old for that business, whatever her face says to the contrary, and this opinion makes the ladies here so ready to make proofs of their youth . . . that they do not content themselves with using the natural means, but fly to all sorts of quackeries, to avoid the scandal of being past child-bearing, and often kill themselves by them.
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Source Notes: Letter to Mrs. Thistlethwayte, 4 January 1718 OS, Letters [Mary Wortley Montagu], ed. Clare Brant (1992). Montagu's letter suggests that the fear of menopause (or of seeming to be no longer of child- bearing age) is a universal one.
The Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (May 26, 1689-August 21, 1762), was an English authoress.
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