“You have a perfect empire over me” These expressions in love are of the nature of the false humility of those politicians, who pave their way to the sovereign power, by airs of submission and lowliness; and act the slaves, that they may become the tyrants of the people, whom they have flattered out their fears
“I expect an absolute empire over my lover”, in the mouth of the Fair, signifies, “If he would please me, he must commit the most glaring follies; sacrifice to me, honour, reason, reputation, fortune.”
The more unreasonable her caprices are, the more strongly does she exact a compliance with them, and draws her greatest vanity from her lover's shame. These modern Omphales are not an uncommon characters; especially where a kept mistress has found a cully weak enough to be ridden so.
. These modern Omphales are not an uncommon characters
; especially where a kept
mistress has found a cully weak enough to be ridden so.
A Dictionary of Love (1777)
A Dictionary of Love (1795)