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Publie soit de la femme
Non la beault, mais bonne fame.

Apostrophe, et Dialogisme.

D. Dame Venus, quelle forme est ce veoir,
Dessoubz tes piedz une tourtue avoir?
R. Ainsi voulut Phidias[1] me tailler:
Pour remonstrer aulx femmes peu parler.
Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [Q7r p253] Et point sortir de maison, estre honneste.
Et pource il mit soubz mes piedz telle beste.

La Tortue est du tout muete, sans voix ne
parolle, ne sort jamais de sa conque, & est
plus nette, saine, & meilleure en dedans:
qu’elle n’appert en forme exterieure: Telle
doibt, estre la femme de bien, paisible, tai-
sible, gardant la maison, & point cogneu
par veu externe, comme en Italie.

Car publie estre doibt Loyault
De preude [=] preu de femme, & non pas la beault.

Notes:

1. Phidias’ statue of Aphrodite with one foot on a tortoise, set up at Elis, is mentioned by Pausanias, Periegesis 6.25.1. The tortoise is a symbol of ideal female domesticity, as it keeps silent and never leaves its house see Plutarch Coniugalia praecepta 32 (Mor. 142).


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