Between blasts she resorted to Epictetian
philosophy in the form of pepsin chewing gum.
(lines 72-3, 75-6) (45) The Epictetian
values condoned elsewhere in Chudleigh's writing, that recommend us to 'reason our selves into a calm Resignation' and to recognise that 'what we fancy to be Miseries, are not really so; they ...
Both epistles, however, rely on a type of "great chain of being" argument to examine Octavia's position which does not quite correspond to Seneca's Stoic maxim that the wise man is ethically superior to God and which is unsympathetic to an Epictetian
elevation of the lower classes via the development of self-mastery.