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the weaker vessels (1.1)

    True; and therefore women, being the weaker vessels,
    are ever thrust to the wall. (14-15)

the weaker vessels, women; a term taken from the Bible, i. Peter, iii.7, "Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel."

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Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. Ed. K. Deighton. New York: MacMillan and Co., 1903. Shakespeare Online. 20 Aug. 2010. (date when you accessed the information) < >.


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