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以守節為常事則其胷次可知
以隣婦為禽獸則其行檢可知

程鎡之妻
程妻者,休寧富溪程鎡之妻,竹林汪氏之女也,年十
七,歸鎡,事翁姑至孝,姑嘗病幾殆,鎡惶懼,乃焚香祝
天,求以身代,汪曰,汝惡能代母,惟婦可以代姑耳,是
夜刲股作糜以進,病尋愈,郷閭亟稱其孝,鎡嘗閲卷,
嘆曰,賢哉婦也,汪問此何書,鎡曰,此吾門所紀節婦
行蹟也,汪曰,婦人執節,常事耳,奚足為異,隣有孀婦
改適者,鎡歸語汪曰,某今以為某人婦矣,汪曰,婦人
不幸遭此,有子者,當忍死以撫孤,無子者,當速死以
相從,而忍于改嫁,禽獸,行也,鎡曰,是殆有難能耳,無

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