"The women of Paris are rarely insolent; she is familiar with her servants and speaks well to them ... They are flirtatious, but this is not a defect of their hearts, it is the inconvenience of their position, in an immense population, surrounded by men without women, men with a superior talent or an elevated rank, who can satisfy vanity or make a fortune. They desire to please everyone, but when once they have untangled the object which suits them, that they are solidly fixed on, one sees many becoming as faithful and more devoted than the women in the Province. They are eager for adornment: but that stems from their desire for pleasure, a legitimate sentiment in itself as it is natural."
RESTIF DE LA BRETONNE, Les Parisiennes, t. 1, 1785