Words of great help to young persons, who catch at every thing to cover or excuse their weakness. Medea is not the last, or only one, who made use of that word as a reason for doing a foolish thing. Many have, since her time, taken their fate or starts to task, for the faults of their inclination. Nothing so frequent as predestinarians in love.
How can a poor creature help her fate? This signifies that the fair-one is too resigned to the system of fatality, to pretend to stem the force of a passion that borrows the plea of it, and is hurried down the stream; whilst the term serves her to yield honourably, and makes a sort of decent figure in a letter or speech.