Academic journal article English Journal

Castiglione's Advice to Young Women/Response from a Young Woman

Academic journal article English Journal

Castiglione's Advice to Young Women/Response from a Young Woman

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(from The Courtyer, Book 3)

Naturalness of manner, and skilled in conversation

Weary him not with the tedious

She must use the brush to hide the art

Cultivate (constantly) that vital quality of

nonchalance

One must preserve excellence in judgment

That she not be spotted with any fault,

Endowed with a natural civility

(Be it favor of the stars)

Fashioned by the whims of gods,

Distant from dullness and

Fairly noted as fair of face

Lady, come just to certain limits but do not pass them

Walk lovely, fragile light.

Response from a Young Woman

My natural talents demand exploration

And I will share them even if he finds me

Tedious. I shall use my brush to paint my destiny. …

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