"Their hearts are tied up in their purses."

— Griffith, Elizabeth (1720-1793)

Place of Publication
Printed for T. Cadell
"Their hearts are tied up in their purses."
Metaphor in Context
Do you know that notwithstanding our friendship, I should not be quite easy at your seeing Lady Juliana, if I was not convinced that Lucy has an unbounded power over your affections, and will of course be kind enough to herself, and me, to prevent your becoming my rival. As to the men who are in this house, they are so entirely occupied by their sordid passion for gaming, that I almost doubt whether the united charms of the whole sex could be able to make any impression on them. Their hearts are tied up in their purses. But though I despise their stupidity, I am indebted to it, as it occasions their retiring to a distant apartment every day after dinner, to pursue their sports and pastimes, and leaves me happier than an emperor, in the society of two most charming women.
(I, p. 26)
2 entries in ESTC (1776).

The Story of Lady Juliana Harley: A Novel. In Letters. By Mrs. Griffith (London: Printed for T. Cadell, 1776). <Link to Vol. I in ECCO-TCP><Link to Vol. II in ECCO-TCP>
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.