His wife "ruled the roost," and in governing the governor, governed the province, which might thus be said to be under petticoat government.
Her feet beneath her petticoat, Like little mice, stole in and out, As if they feared the light: But oh! she dances such a way! No sun upon an Easter day Is half so fine a sight.Sir John Suckling, Ballad Upon a Wedding, Stanza 8.
The woman who goes to bed with a man must put off her modesty with her petticoat, and put it on again with the same.From Essay XX by Michel de Montaigne (translated by Charles Cotton, Macmillan London 1877).
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