神鹿电竞神鹿电竞神鹿电竞Onely one man among them all, named Bernardo Lomellino, and dwellingin Geneway, maintained the contrary; boldly avouching, that by theespeciall favour of Fortune, he had a wife so perfectly compleate inall graces and vertues, as any Lady in the world possibly could be,and that Italy scarsely contained her equall. But, she was goodly ofperson, and yet very young, quicke, quaint, milde, and courteous,and not any thing appertaining to the office of a wife, either fordomesticke affayres, or any other imployment whatsoever, but inwomanhoode shee went beyond all other. No Lord, Knight, Esquire, orGentleman, could bee better served at his Table, then himselfe daylywas, with more wisedome, modesty and discretion. After all this, heepraised her for riding, hawking, hunting, fishing, fowling, reading,writing, enditing, and most absolute keeping his Bookes of accounts,that neither himselfe, or any other Merchant could therein excell her.After infinite other commendations, he came to the former point oftheir argument, concerning the easie falling of women intowantonnesse, maintaining (with a solemne oath) that no womanpossibly could be more chaste and honest then she: in which respect,he was verily perswaded, that if he stayed from her ten years space(yea all his life time) out of his house; yet never would sheefalsifie her faith to him, or be lewdly allured by any other man.
神鹿电竞神鹿电竞Amongst these Merchants thus communing together, there was a youngproper man, named Ambroginolo of Placentia, who began to laugh atthe last prayses which Bernardo had used of his Wife, and seeming tomake a mockerie thereof, demaunded, if the Emperour had given him thispriviledge, above all other married men? Bernardo being somewhatoffended, answered: No Emperour hath done it, but the especiallblessing of heaven, exceeding all the Emperours on the earth in grace,and thereby have received this favour; whereto Ambroginolo presentlythus replyed. Bernardo, without all question to the contrary, Ibeleeve that what thou hast said, is true; but (for ought I canperceive) thou hast slender judgement in the Nature of things:because, if thou diddst observe them well, thou couldst not be of sogrosse understanding. For, by comprehending matters in their truekinde and nature, thou wouldst speake of them more correctly then thoudoest. And to the end, thou mayest not imagine, that we who havespoken of our Wives, doe thinke any otherwise of them, then as welland honestly as thou canst of thine, nor that any thing else didurge these speeches of them, or falling into this kinde ofdiscourse, but onely by a naturall instinct and admonition, I wilproceede familiarly, a little further with thee, uppon the matteralreadie propounded. I have evermore understoode, that man was themost noble creature, formed by God to live in this World, and woman inthe next degree to him: but man, as generally is beleeved, and as isdiscerned by apparant effects is the most perfect of both. Having thenthe most perfection in him, without all doubt, he must be so muchthe more firme and constant. So in like manner, it hath beene, andis universally graunted, that Woman is more various and mutable, maybe approved by and the reason thereof may be approved by many naturallcircumstances, which were needlesse now to make any mention of. If aman then be possessed of the greater stability, and yet cannotcontaine himselfe from condiscending, I say not to one thatentreates him, but to desire any other that please him; and beside, tocovet the enjoying of his owne pleasing contentment (a thing notchancing to him once in a moneth, but infinite times in a dayesspace). What can you then conceive of a fraile Woman, subject (bynature) to entreaties, flatteries, giftes, perswasions, and a thousandother inticing meanes, which a man (that is affected to her) canuse? Doest thou thinke then that she hath any power to containe?Assuredly, though thou shouldest rest so resolved, yet cannot I beof the same opinion. For I am sure thou beleevest, and must needesconfesse it, that thy wife is a Woman, made of flesh and blood, asother women are: if it be so, she cannot bee without the same desires,and the weaknesse or strength as other women have, to resistnaturall appetites as her owne are. In regard whereof, it is meerelyimpossible (although she be most honest) but she must needs doe thatwhich other Women doe: for there is nothing else possible, either tobe denied or affirmed to the contrary, as thou most unadvisedly hastdone.神鹿电竞神鹿电竞神鹿电竞Bernardo answered in this manner. I am a Merchant, and noPhilosopher, and like a Merchant I meane to answer thee. I am not tolearne, that these accidents by thee related, may happen to fooles,who are voide of understanding or shame: but such as are wise, andendued with vertue, have alwayes such a precious esteeme of theirhonour, that they wil containe those principles of constancie, whichmen are meerely carelesse of, and I justifie my wife to be one ofthem. Beleeve me Bernardo, replyed Ambroginolo, if so often as thywives minde is addicted to wanton folly, a badge of scorne shouldarise on thy forehead, to render testimony of hir female frailty, Ibeleeve the number of them would be more, then willingly you wouldwish them to be. And among all married men in every degree, thenotes are so secret of their wives imperfections, that the sharpestsight is not able to discerne them: and the wiser sort of men arewilling not to know them; because shame and losse of honour is neverimposed, but in cases evident and apparant.神鹿电竞
神鹿电竞Perswade thy selfe then Bernardo, that what women may accomplishin secret, they will rarely faile to doe: or if they abstaine, it isthrough feare and folly. Wherefore, hold it for a certaine rule,that that is onely chaste, that never was solicited personally, orif she endured any such suite, either shee answered yea, or no. Andalbeit I know this to be true, by many infallible and naturallreasons, yet could I not speak so exactly as I doe, if I had not triedexperimentally, the humours and affections of divers Women. Yea, andlet me tell thee more Bernardo, were I in private company with thywife, howsoever thou presumest to thinke her to be, I should accountit a matter of no impossibility, to finde in her the selfesamefrailty.神鹿电竞神鹿电竞There was in the Country of Lunigiana (which is not far distant fromour owne) a Monastery, which sometime was better furnished withholinesse and Religion, then now adayes they are: wherein lived (amongdivers other) a yong Novice Monke, whose hot and lusty disposition(being in the vigour of his yeeres) was such, as neither Fasts norprayers had any great power over him. It chanced on a fasting dayabout high noon, when all the other Monkes were asleep in theirDormitaries or Dorters, this frolicke Friar was walking alone in theirChurch, which stoode in a very solitarie place, where ruminating onmany matters by himselfe, hee espyed a prettie handsome Wench (someHusbandmans daughter in the Countrey, that had beene gatheringrootes and hearbes in the field) upon her knees before in Altar;whom he had no sooner seene, but immediately hee felt effeminatetemptations, and such as ill fitted with his profession.详情