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7) Yet common misperception then and now held the mother responsible for the mischance or abortment.
Alone among the many of her time forced to cope with abortment or mischance, Lady Carey re-creates a remarkably genuine and vivid sense of her emotions.
2) Jacques Guillemeau notes in Child-birth, or, The Happy Delivery of Women (London, 1635), "The accident is called either a shift, or slipping away, or else Abortment, or (as our women call it) a mischance" (69).