What is a summary for "Of Beauty," written by Francis Bacon?

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Francis Bacon's short essay "Of Beauty" begins by arguing that extreme physical beauty and virtue are antithetical. He claims that it's better for a person to be "comely, though not of delicate features" and to have "dignity of presence" because it is rare that "very beautiful persons are otherwise of great virtue." This means that Bacon doubts that extreme physical beauty and a high level of virtue can exist in the same person. Bacon does, however, follow these statements by saying that no rule is without exception and that there have been some men who are both virtuous and "the most beautiful men of their times."

As Bacon continues to examine what is meant by beauty, he posits that beauty is a result of "some strangeness of the proportion." Bacon explains that beauty may not be found in each or any of the individual parts of a person's face, but the effect of the whole, of all the parts in relation to one another, creates beauty. He also argues that the very beautiful often need to grow...

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