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Fanny Hill, or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure by John Cleland
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Mar 14, 2012

Read in March, 2012

This book expanded my vocabulary, most of which cannot be repeated here. I'm trying to introduce "plenipotentiary instrument" and "vermillion topp'd engine" into my everyday parlance.

Spoiler: I also appreciate that everyone who participated in sexy times lived happily ever after, including Fanny who lost her virginity to and later married Charles.

"The paths of vice are sometimes strewn with roses, but then they are forever infamous for many a thorn, for many a canker-worm: those of virtue are strewn with roses purely, and those eternally unfading ones. If you do me then justice, you will esteem me perfectly consistent in the incense I burn to virtue. If I have painted vice in all its gayest colours, if I have deck'd it with flowers, it has been solely in order to make the worthier, the solemner sacrifice of it to virtue" (283).


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