In “The Prologue,” which precedes the Quaternions, the poet claims that her pen is too lowly to address the topics that other poets and historians write about – kings, cities, and wars. She does, however, scorn those who say her hand is not suited for a poet’s pen and should hold a needle instead. She believes that these men will claim she stole her work or happened upon it by chance. The Greeks, though, were much friendlier to a woman’s skill. Bradstreet argues that men and women should not wage war against one another, for women know that men have “precenency.” However, women still have some recognizable skills that are also worthy of praise.