The store of womanly wisdom contained in this book is truly incalculable.
Living on for some time apart (we do not know exactly where), after his flight from St Gildas, Abelard wrote, among other things, his famous Historia Calamitatum, and thus moved her to pen her first Letter, which remains an unsurpassed utterance of human passion and womanly devotion; the first being followed by the two other Letters, in which she finally accepted the part of resignation which, now as a brother to a sister, Abelard commended to her.
But at the very time he was expressing this conviction to himself, in another part of his mind her image rose in all its womanly beauty.
The phases of the womanly nature are infinite in their variety.
From the lofty height of her genius, she scorns her womanly duty, and she is trying to make a man of herself.