'The Most Dangerous Talent': Riddles as Feminine Pastime

Mary Chadwick

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These unnatural stories have the worst possible effects on your minds. The imagination that can produce such things must be extremely gross and bar-barous; they mark the Gothicism of the rudest ages, and not only divert your study and aĴention from real life but embarrass your affections with fictions and ideas not only of no use, but seriously pernicious, as they inflame the passions and tincture both the fancy and the heart with extravagance and romance. Tell Tale, The Lady’s Monthly Museum (392)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen, Popular Culture, and the Eighteenth Century
EditorsTiffany Potter
PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781442689985
ISBN (Print)9781442641815
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes


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