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what is the exact meaning of "delicate female organs" in this paragraph?

what is the true explain of this sentence: "of which the delicate female organs would seem incapable."?

The sounds came from both women and men, and consisted in the first instance of unintelligible noises which were either mere gibberish, or some entirely unknown language. "Sudden, doleful, and unintelligible sounds," says one witness. "There was a force and fulness of sound," said another description, "of which the delicate female organs would seem incapable." "It burst forth with an astounding and terrible crash," says a third. Many, however, were greatly impressed by these sounds, and among them was Irving himself. "There is a power in the voice to thrill the heart and overawe the spirit after a manner which I have never felt. There is a march and majesty and sustained grandeur of which I have never heard the like. It is likest to one of the simplest and most ancient chants in the cathedral service in so much that I have been led to think that these chants, which can be traced as high as Ambrose, are recollections of the inspired utterances of the primitive Church."

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    It refers to a womans vocal chords. – Jim Dec 21 '19 at 18:29
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    In context it clearly refers to the organs of speech (mouth, tongue, lungs etc), and reflects the prejudice of the time that anything associated with females was fundamentally weak and delicate. It seems here to be referring to the acoustic power of the sounds, but similar remarks were often made about the inappropriateness of women speaking words that were felt to be brutish or indelicate, such as swearing. – Colin Fine Dec 21 '19 at 18:33
  • @ColinFine If that we’re an answer it could be upvoted and the question considered answered. – Robin Dec 21 '19 at 20:03
  • Done, @Robin. I'll probably now get downvoted for not having included any references. – Colin Fine Dec 21 '19 at 22:02
  • The quote comes from "The History of Spiritualism, Vol. I" by Arthur Conan Doyle, in Chapter 2 (Edward Irving) – Henry Dec 21 '19 at 23:04
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In context it clearly refers to the organs of speech (mouth, tongue, lungs etc), and reflects the prejudice of the time that anything associated with females was fundamentally weak and delicate.

It seems here to be referring to the acoustic power of the sounds, but similar remarks were often made about the inappropriateness of women speaking words that were felt to be brutish or indelicate, such as swearing.

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  • A n excellent answer but for anyone who has heard an operatic soprano at full throttle the very idea that 'female [vocal] organs' are delicate is not just outdated but was absurd even then. – JeremyC Dec 22 '19 at 22:41
  • @JeremyC: of course it was absurd. That didn't stop people believing it (or purporting to believe it in order to justify prejudices) – Colin Fine Dec 22 '19 at 23:21

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