She couldn't argue his virtues, but she still insisted that the situation was conducive to trouble.
You're the one who was spouting all the virtues of marriage.
At that date the science of chemistry was very imperfectly known, and the real constituents of ordinary remedies so little understood that different virtues were attributed to different products containing the same constituents.
Sometimes it was difficult to know which virtues they taught her were worthy and which were simply out-dated.
The planting of eucalyptus trees is out of favour at present, but it appears to have been successful in Portugal, not from any prophylactic virtues in the plant, but through the great absorption of moisture by its deep roots, which tends to dry the subsoil.