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Women of Evil.

Of women who have wrought Evil, of whom I am sorry to say there is a very long and sombre list, there is Mother Eve who “brought death and all our woe,” according to the Scriptures; Delilah who betrayed her husband, the Judge of Israel, to his hereditary enemies; Helena, whose dreadful beauty and fatal frailty caused the long siege of “Windy Troy,” and the death of many great heroes; Jezebel, who made a murderer


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out of the covetous coward King Ahab; Cleopatra, for whom Marc Anthony “with a fine scorn did toss the world away”; Guinevere, who spoiled the purpose of Arthur's life, and unsoldered the goodliest fellowship of knights of which the world holds record; and Lucrezia Borgia, who was one of a family of human wild beasts. There are more—many more—but these are enough.

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