Why should you desire to be Empress of a Material World, and be troubled with the cares that attend Government? When as by creating a World within your self, you may enjoy all both in whole and in parts, without controle [sic] or opposition; and may make what World you please, and alter it when you please, and enjoy as much pleasure and delight as a World can afford you? You have converted me, said the Duchess to the Spirits, from my ambitious desire; wherefore, I’le [sic] take your advice, reject and despise all the Worlds without me, and create a World of my own.

—Margaret Cavendish, The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing-World (1666)1

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