A miller had wooed abundance of girls, and did lie with them, upon which he refused to marry them. But one girl he did solicit very much, but all would not do. Then he married her, and told her on the marriage-night, if she would have let him do as the rest did he would never have had her.

‘By my troth, I thought so’, says she, ‘for I was served so by half a dozen before.’1


Eighteenth Century Seventeenth Century Female Character Female Agency Female Behaviour 
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