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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689 – 1762)

English aristocrat and writer, chiefly remembered today for her letters.
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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
In response to Lady Mary Montague's line 'And we meet, with champagne and a chicken at last' (from Montague's poem 'The Lover: A Ballad'):
"What say you to such a supper with such a woman? ... Is not her 'champagne and chicken' worth a forest or two? Is it not poetry?"
Montagu quotes
But the fruit that can fall without shaking
Indeed is too mellow for me.
Satire should, like a polished razor keen,
Wound with a touch that's scarcely felt or seen.

Be plain in dress, and sober in your diet;
In short, my deary, kiss me, and be quiet.
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