The Rivals Play Monologue by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

In this classical play monologue, MRS. MALAPROP makes a point to Sir Anthony with regards to her daughter and women in general.

(Act 1, Scene 2)

MRS. MALAPROP:  Observe me, Sir Anthony.  I would by no means wish a daughter of mine to be a progeny of learning;

I don’t think so much learning becomes a young woman; for instance-I would never let her meddle with Greek, or Hebrew, or Algebra, or Simony, or Fluxions, or Paradoxes, or such inflammatory branches of learning-neither would it be necessary for her to handle any of your mathematical, astronomical, diabolical instruments,-but, Sir Anthony, I would send her, at nine years old, to a boarding-school, in order to learn a little ingenuity and artifice.  Then, Sir, she should have supercilious knowledge in accounts-and as she grew up, I would have her instructed in geometry, that she might know something of the contagious countries-but above all, Sir Anthony, she should be mistress of orthodoxy, that she might not misspell, and mispronounce words so shamefully as girls usually do; and likewise that she might reprehend the true meaning of what she is saying.

This, Sir Anthony, is what I would have a woman know–and  I don’t think there is a superstitious article in it.

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