Clodia was vulnerable--to rude songs chanted about her in the Forum, to well-publicized gifts like the purseful
of coppers or the perfume-jar filled with something unmentionable, and above all to the sort of treatment meted out to her at the trial of Caelius.
Barker-Benfield (1992, 77) describes an early eighteenth-century satirical print, titled "Enthusiasm Displayed: or, The Moor-Fields Congregation" which depicts immodestly dressed the Methodist preacher, George Whitefield surrounded by women, "the most prominent of whom is young and scantily clad, and she is handing over a purseful
of cash." He adds, "It is not surprising, therefore, that Wesley asserted the manliness of his converts [....] Like other proponents of sensibility in men, Wesley made it clear that to bring men tearfully to Christ and to reform them was not to make them identifiable with women."
I was really supposed to be granddaughter-minding, but once I'd introduced her to the plastic RSPCA moneybox dog and she'd fed it my purseful
of small change, the two of them struck up a lengthy private conversation in a language only understood by four year-old actresses and pretend dogs.
The poor blighter's reward for being caught and sentenced to death was a purseful