The English Woman: Studies in Her Psychic Evolution

Smith, Elder, & Company, 1909 - 337 Seiten
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This book combines history, biography, and evolutionary theory in its discussion of women's social position.

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Seite 101 - But love, first learned in a lady's eyes, Lives not alone immured in the brain; But, with the motion of all elements, Courses as swift as thought in every power, And gives to every power a double power, Above their functions and their offices.
Seite 53 - I made them lay their hands in mine and swear To reverence the King, as if he were Their conscience, and their conscience as their King...
Seite 100 - Such duty as the subject owes the prince, Even such a woman oweth to her husband...
Seite 100 - I am ashamed that women are so simple To offer war where they should kneel for peace, Or seek for rule, supremacy, and sway, When they are bound to serve, love and obey.
Seite 75 - The uneasiness, reduced to its simplest terms, is a sense that there is something wrong about us as we naturally stand. 2. The solution is a sense that we are saved from the wrongness by making proper connection with the higher powers.
Seite 155 - If I know myself, Harriet, mine is an active, busy mind, with a great many independent resources and I do not perceive why I should be more in want of employment at forty or fifty than one-and-twenty. Woman's usual occupations of eye and hand and mind will be as open to me then as they are now or with no important variation. If I draw less, I shall read more. If I give up music, I shall take to carpet-work.
Seite 161 - Be even cautious in displaying your good sense. It will be thought you assume a superiority over the rest of the company. — But if you happen to have any learning, keep it a profound secret, especially from the men, who generally look with a jealous and malignant eye on a woman of great parts, and a cultivated understanding.
Seite 61 - We know, and what is better, we feel inwardly, that religion is the basis of civil society, and the source of all good and of all comfort.
Seite 181 - Austen was in her grave ; and thus my first studies in philosophy were carried on with great care and reserve. I was at the work table regularly after breakfast, — making my own clothes, or the shirts of the household, or about some fancy work : I went out walking with the rest, — before dinner in winter, and after tea in summer : and if ever I shut myself into my own room for an hour of solitude, I knew it was at the risk of being sent for to join the sewing-circle, or to read aloud, — I being...
Seite 151 - I was enclosed in stiff stays with a steel busk in front, while, above my frock, bands drew my shoulders back till the shoulder-blades met. Then a steel rod, with a semi-circle which went under the chin, was clasped to the steel busk in my stays. In this constrained state I, and most of the younger girls, had to prepare our lessons.

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