By Madeleine de Scudery, Karen Newman
Ridiculed for her Saturday salon, her lengthy romance novels, and her protofeminist rules, Madeleine de Scud?ry (1607-1701) has now not been taken care of kindly through the literary institution. but her multivolume novels have been renowned bestsellers in her time, translated presently into English, German, Italian, Spanish, or even Arabic.The tale of Sapho makes on hand for the 1st time in sleek English a self-contained part from Scud?ry's novel Artam?ne ou le Grand Cyrus, most sensible recognized at the present time because the preferred analyzing fabric of the would-be salonni?res that Moli?re satirized in Les pr?cieuses ridicules. the tale tells of Sapho, a girl author modeled at the Greek Sappho, who deems marriage slavery. Interspersed within the love tale of Sapho and Phaon are a sequence of conversations like those who came about in Scud?ry's personal salon during which Sapho and her circle talk about the character of affection, the schooling of girls, writing, and correct behavior. This variation additionally incorporates a translation of an oration, or harangue, of Scud?ry's during which Sapho extols the abilities and skills of girls in an effort to convince them to write down.
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Perhaps half the city was prevented from proﬁting from Sapho’s conversation and that of her circle by envy, ignorance, and resentment. To tell the truth, she lost nothing by not mingling with the kind of people who were frightened by her intelligence and breadth of mind. But it was different with visitors to Lesbos; they had hardly arrived when they headed straight for Sapho’s, and they departed completely charmed by her conversation. And this was no surprise, since it was impossible to pass two hours in her company without admiring her enormously and without feeling inclined to love her.
Don’t imagine that Sapho affects a vulgar ignorance in conversation; on the contrary, she understands so well the art of guiding conversation that you never leave her without the sense of having heard countless beautiful and agreeable things. Her conﬁdent manner gives her such a command over others that she can say whatever she wishes to say to those around her and yet always seems to please. Her wit is so obliging that she speaks equally well of serious matters and of gallant and frivolous things, so that it is sometimes difﬁcult to believe that one person could possess such divergent talents.
The truth is,” he continued, “were there many women like you, you would be right to do so; were there even two or three others on earth, I would consent to what you say. ” 19 20 Madeleine de Scudéry “Since I am not unjust,” she replied, “I know well that I mustn’t pay attention to these praises you offer me; furthermore, I know there are men who are truly accomplished, who merit all my esteem and who might even secure a share of my friendship. But I will say it again, the moment I consider them as husbands, I consider them as masters, masters apt to become tyrants, and at that moment, it is impossible not to hate them.