¶Of the maide. Cap. 7.
A Maide childe and a •amoysell is called Pùella, as it were cleane and pure, as the blacke of the eye, as saith I∣sidore. Among all things that be loued in a maiden, chastitie and cleannesse be loued most. Men behooue to take héed of maidens, for they be hot & tender of com∣plection small, pliant and fayre of dispo∣sition Page [unnumbered] of body: shamefast, fearefull, and merry touching the affection of ye minde. Touching outward disposition they bée well nurtered, demure & softe of speach, & well ware what they say, and delycate in their apparell. For as Seneca sayeth, that séemely clothing beséemeth to them well, that be chast damoisells, &c. Puel∣la is a name of age, of soundnesse with∣out wem, and also of honestie, as sayeth Isidore. For commonlye we vse to call maidens damoisells, and a maide is cal∣led Virgo, and hath that name of gréene ago, as Virgo a rodde is said, as it were V•ndis gréene: or els a maide hath the name. Virgo, of cleannesse without cor∣ruption, as it were Virago: For shée knoweth not the very passion of women, as saith Isidore li. 11. &. 12. Arist. saith, that euery woman generally hath more nesh and softe haire, and more pliaunt than a man, and longer necke, & the cou∣lour of women is more white than of men, and their faces and chéere, is mer∣rie, softe, bright, and pleasing, and haue small bodies and straight from the shoul∣ders to the nauell, and more large from the nauell to the knées, and longer downward to the soles of the feet. Their hands and the vttermost parte of theyr members be full subtill and pliant, their voyce small their speach easie and short, l•ght in •••ng and short shepe, and light wit and head, they be soone angrie, and they be merciable and enuious, bitter, guilefull, able to learne, and hastie in ly∣king of Venus. Therfore li. 8. Aris saith, that of all kindes of beasts the female is more feeble than the male, except the fe∣males of Beares and Leopardes: For then be rounted more cruell and more hardie than the males. And in other kind of beasts ye females be easier to be taught and be more guilefull, and be more softe, and more busie about norishing, féeding, and kéeping of their young. And for that a woman is more méeker than a man, she wéepeth sooner, and •• more enuious, and more laughing and louing, and the malice of the soule is more in a woman than in a man. And she is of feeble kind,* and she maketh more leasings, & is more shamefast, and more slow in working and in mouing than is a man, as sayeth Aristotle. lib. 8.