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Unformatted text preview: actions of women overall. The statement is made that witches "distract the minds of men, driving them to madness, insane hatred, and inordinate lusts,"25 yet women in general have this same ability, for "if she be the wife of a rich man, she does not cease night and day to excite her husband with hot words, to use evil blandishments and violent importunations. And if she have a poor husband she does not cease to stir him also to anger and strife."26 The Malleus states that "there are three things, in nature, the Tongue, an Ecclesiastic, and a Woman, which know no moderation in goodness or vice."27 Although the authors mention the praise given such good women as appear in the Bible, like Judith and Deborah, and saints like Clotilda, they treat them as aberrations, for "the word woman is used to mean lust of the flesh. As it is said: I have found a woman more bitter than death, and a good woman (is) subject to carnal lust."28...
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