A good female servant should heed her mistress and obey her in everything. She should not listen to old women, who tempt young women into evil – that is, they introduce them to young men who are strangers to the area and who teach the young women to steal, to drink, and to indulge themselves in evil. Many women and girls keep company with these young men, listen to old crones, steal property from their master and mistress, and run away. Then they take the property from your woman and kill her, or she commits suicide by drowning herself; either way, your property is lost.
Quoted from the Domostroi, a household manual for nobles written around Moscow during the reign of Ivan the Terrible, circa 1550.