An Abraham Bosse etching titled "Les Vierges Sages" circa 1640 depicts a French ladies' book circle, how women of quality got together while husbands were away. (Folger Shakespeare Library)

An Abraham Bosse etching titled "Les Vierges Sages" circa 1640 depicts a French ladies' book circle, how women of quality got together while husbands were away. (Folger Shakespeare Library)