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What I learned from 19th Century Literature

Corrine, or Italy – Madame de Stael (1807)

If you can’t get the man of your dreams, let him marry your half sister. Before dying of a broken heart, teach your half sister all your tricks so he’ll never be able to forget you.

Frankenstein – Mary Shelly (1818)

Some people shouldn’t have children.

Sarrasine – Honoré de Balzac (1830)

Falling in love with lady-boys can be bad for your health. No really, you could get stabbed.

Adam Bede – George Eliot (1859)

Women can only be taken seriously when they are speaking through divine possession. Also, don’t bury your baby in the woods.

The Bostonians – Henry James (1885)

If you want to be a successful feminist, be an attractive one.

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde (1891)

Narcissism is really good for your complexion. Although, side effects may cause psychotic episodes so remember to drink and party a lot to compensate.

The Open Boat – Stephen Crane (1897)

If you are stuck on a boat in the middle of nowhere, make sure you pick good company.

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