“There seems to be some pleasure for women in sick talk of one another.”)
The sovereign who had proceeded by bold maneuver and steely calculation here attempted—or was said to attempt—a different tack, resorting to loud, choking sobs, depending on the occasion the first or last weapon in a woman’s arsenal.
it seemed as if a magnet had passed over the Mediterranean world, drawing the skittering sides into a taut alignment
“For in general it is a natural characteristic of human nature everywhere, that whenever a man fails in his first contests he becomes disheartened with respect to what is to come.”)