never choose your women or your linen by candlelight

1573 J. SANFORDE Garden of Pleasure 51 Choose not a woman, nor linnen clothe by the candle.

1678 J. RAY English Proverbs (ed. 2) 64 Neither women nor linnen by candle-light.

1737 B. FRANKLIN Poor Richard’s Almanack (May) Fine linnen, girls and gold so bright. Chuse not to take by candlelight.

1980 Woman’s Journal Dec. 105 ‘Never choose your women or your linen by candlelight,’ they used to say: a testimony to the soft, flattering glow that candles always give.


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