In Princess Ida, a century and a half later, William Schwenck Gilbert (1836 - 1911)satirized women's education, he can think of nothing better to symbolize the folly of women trying to use their brains. He says:
"And weasels at their slumbers
They treplan--they treplan
To get sunbeams from cucumbers
They've a plan -- they've a plan"
However, the last laugh is on Swift and on Gilbert. In the modern world, energy is derived from plant life in an ever-increasing level. And women have proven themselves more than capable of using their brains.