Incorrect behaviour: Romeo didn't wait to see if Juliet was truly dead before consuming the poison. He should have cried over her body for five minutes so he could see that she was actually still alive.
Correct behaviour: Fauchelevent cried over Jean Valjean's body for an indeterminate amount of time, enough to see that Valjean was actually still alive and that he didn't need to bury him for real. Fauchelevent understood that crying works.
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NORTON: So, pregnancy was just about the most dangerous time in a woman’s life, and women were aware of this. Painkillers were limited. There wasn’t very effective medical treatment. So, naturally, women turned to other avenues for pain relief and also assistance to try and guide them through the dangers of birth. And one of those is the “Girdle of Our Lady.” That was called for in some of Queen Elizabeth of York’s pregnancies. She was the mother of Henry VIII, the wife of Henry VII. She would summon the girdle from Westminster Abbey and then it would be brought to her and used during her confinement as a way of protecting her and also easing her pains during childbirth. We know that the girdle was used in previous royal births since the medieval period, so it was obviously seen as very effective. Poorer women had their own ways of seeking spiritual assistance in birth. We know that the women of one town would run to church and then tie their shoelaces in the church, which is apparently supposed to help them survive birth. So, there were many of these religious items, even after the Reformation.
BOGAEV: Yes, when I was reading this chapter, I was thinking of Juliet and her close relationship between her and her nurse.
NORTON: Absolutely. I mean, Elizabeth I, actually, made a comment in later life where she said that she was more bound to those that brought her up than to her parents, because her parents just did what was natural but those that brought her up raised her. It’s the same with wet nurses, so with Juliet and her nurse. It was very, very common for a nurse to remain close to the child that they wet nursed. And in fact, there are accounts of some rivalry between the wet nurse and the mother. The scholar Erasmus, for example, who wrote on wet nursing and breastfeeding, actually says a mother who doesn’t breastfeed only deserves to be called “half-mother” by her offspring.
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For a long time I had a hard time accepting my image based on body "standards" placed by social media. By men telling me I should consider changes like weight loss or plastic surgery for things like having a bigger chest. The older I get the more accepting I am of my natural curves, my cellulite, all of my imperfections. Because there's nobody like me✨
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