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Status of Women

Celia and Rosalind engage in an intellectual discourse on questions that might today be expressed as: “Is it better to be born talented or lucky?”, “Is it our genetic code or our environment that most shapes us?”, “Are women by nature or by misfortune disadvantaged in their status compared with men?” When Celia and Rosalind use the word natural, as in “Nature's natural” and “this natural for our whetstone,” they are referring to Touchstone as a fool, idiot or half-wit.

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Let us sit and mock the good huswife Fortune

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