Section 1, I/1-I/9
• After reading a book by Matheolus, Christine de Pizan, yielding to the authority of male writers, is upset by the slanderous remarks about the immorality of women and thinks herself unfortunate to have been born female.
• When a light shines and three women appear, the first lady chides Christine for believing books since authority is often proven wrong at a later date.
• The ladies explain that they are God's daughters and have come to reassure Christine in her dejected state due to her efforts at knowledge; they will also assist her in building a walled city for virtuous ladies.
• The ladies assure Christine that they will provide the materials for an impenetrable city which will never fall or be taken, and the first lady introduces herself as Lady Reason.
• The second lady, Lady Rectitude, protects the innocent and prevents the wicked from abusing their power...
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