This is amazing.
If she be tolerably handsome, and has any share of cunning, the apprentice or her master’s son is enticed away and ruined by her. Thus many good families are impoverished and disgraced by these pert sluts, who, taking the advantage of a young man’s simplicity and unruly desires, draw many heedless youths, nay, some of good estates, into their snares; and of this we have but too many instances.
Yes, the poor young men.
Knowing that Defoe wrote the phrase “pert sluts” intentionally gives me life.
It’s like one gigantic rant, I’m serious.
Some more artful shall conceal their condition, and palm themselves off on young fellows for gentlewomen and great fortunes. How many families have been ruined by these ladies?
That’s a good point, we have too many pert sluts passing themselves off as ladies, and the male equivalents.
when the father or master of the family, preferring the flirting airs of a young prinked up strumpet, to the artless sincerity of a plain, grave, and good wife, has given his desires aloose, and destroyed soul, body, family, and estate. But they are very favourable if they wheedle nobody into matrimony, but only make a present of a small live creature, no bigger than a bastard, to some of the family, no matter who gets it; when a child is born it must be kept.
Men are dumb.
This is how the r-genes spread.
Adultery is a mortal sin because it reduces the fitness of your legitimate children, that you owe the duty to (and nobody else has to pick up after). The money that goes on the bastard should be invested in your real spawn. You owe no religious, moral duty to the children of a mother you never married (when the oath for the duty is sworn and signed). In purely religious terms, the marital union is the only place of obligation, above anything else.
This acceptance of bastards would explain how aristocracy becomes decadent – the genes come from adultery.
Notice: it’s a class thing, he is equally enraged by the follies of men behaving below their station.
The Romans had a law called Jus Trium Liberorum, by which every man who had been a father of three children, had particular honours and privileges. This incited the youth to quit a dissolute single life and become fathers of families, to the support and glory of the empire.