'we drew round the fire and began as usual to praise men - how strong, how noble, how brilliant, how courageous, how beautiful they were - how we envied those who by hook or by crook managed to get attached to one for life.'
'I, for one, have taken it for granted that it was a woman's duty to spend her youth in bearing children. I venerated my mother for bearing ten; still more my grandmother for bearing fifteen; it was, I confess, my own ambition to bear twenty. We have gone on all these ages supposing that men were equally industrious, and that their works were of equal merit. While we have borne the children, they, we supposed, have borne the books and the pictures. We have populated the world. They have civilised it.'
'if we hadn't learn to read,' she said bitterly, 'we might still have been bearing children in ignorance and that I believe was the happiest life after all.'
The above were taken from the Hesperus Press edition 2003 from pages 7, 9 and 21. You can access a full copy of Monday or Tuesday free at www.gutenberg.org
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