One may carry with him "all the flimsy furniture of a country Miss's brain"

— Sheridan, Richard Brinsley (1751-1816)

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John Wilkie
One may carry with him "all the flimsy furniture of a country Miss's brain"
Metaphor in Context
By Heavens! I shall forswear your company. You are the most teasing, captious, incorrigible lover!--Do love like a man.

I own I am unfit for company.

Am not I a lover; aye, and a romantic one too? Yet do I carry every where with me such a confounded farago of doubts, fears, hopes, wishes, and all the flimsy furniture of a country Miss's brain!

Ah! Jack, your heart and soul are not, like mine, fixed immutably on one only object.-- You throw for a large stake, but losing--you could stake, and throw again:--but I have set my sum of happiness on this cast, and not to succeed, were to be stript of all.

But for Heaven's sake! what grounds for apprehension can your whimsical brain conjure up at present? Has Julia miss'd writing this last post? or was her last too tender, or too cool; or too grave, or too gay; or--
(Act II, Scene i)
Reading, text from HDIS (Drama); found again searching "brain" and "furniture"
First performed January 17th, 1775. 14 entries in ESTC (1775, 1776, 1785, 1788, 1791, 1793, 1797, 1798).

Sheridan, R. B. The Rivals, a Comedy. As it is Acted at the Theatre-Royal in Covent-Garden (London: John Wilkie, 1775). <Link to ECCO-TCP>
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.