The Unquiet Sex

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Scribner, 1898 - Women - 159 pages

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Page 130 - Unitarians, we may, with peculiar emphasis, repeat the ascription of glory to the Father, with the Son and Spirit, as it was in the beginning and ever shall be, world without end.
Page 49 - We have, then, to begin at the beginning, proposed the inculcation of deeper and broader ideas among women, proposed to teach them to think for themselves, and get their opinions at first hand, not so much because it is their right, as because it is their duty. We have also proposed to open out new avenues of employment to women, to make them less dependent and less burdensome, to lift them out of unwomanly self-distrust and disqualifying diffidence, into womanly self-respect and self-knowledge...
Page 116 - She doeth little kindnesses, Which most leave undone, or despise: For naught that sets one heart at ease, And giveth happiness or peace, Is low-esteemed in her eyes.
Page 97 - She was very loving," he says, " and obedient to her parents, loving and kind to her husband, very tenderhearted to her children, loving all that were godly, much misliking the wicked and profane. She was a pattern of sobriety unto many, very seldom was seen abroad except at church ; when others recreated themselves at holidays and other times, she would take her needle-work and say,
Page 16 - I know the argument to the contrary ; I used to write about it myself, and believe it, too; but that was before the serious days settled down upon me, when I would gladly have exchanged my small birthright of Latin and Greek for the ability to make one single, respectable mess of anything half so good as pottage. The argument is, of course, that, given a certain amount of intellectual discipline and general training, the young woman will absorb easily enough such special facts as she needs when the...
Page 102 - 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.
Page 125 - For that is what it really is, call it what you will — "the housekeeping problem," '• domestic service," or " the servant question." It is no special and peculiar problem which attends naturally upon the existence of a home, as fungi spring up in a favorable soil. It is an integral part of that great labor question which is going to remain with us, " until we have shaken off the dead hand of feudalism which still presses with crushing weight upon the people through almost all the forms and institutions...
Page 59 - ... tumult of a bustling world. Their lives are more regular and uniform, less agitated by the passions, the businesses, the contentions, the shocks of opinions, and the opposition of interests which divide society and convulse the world.
Page 16 - ... pottage. The argument is, of course, that, given a certain amount of intellectual discipline and general training, the young woman will absorb easily enough such special facts as she needs when the time of their usefulness comes. But facts, you see, are apt to be solid things ; you cannot absorb them ; you must work them over into something else first — to change the figure, you must masticate them, and digest them, and make them a very part of your bone and tissue before they can be of much...
Page 87 - ... with the sincerest good intentions set about reforming in Don Quixote's style, and France has been in commotion ever since. They carefully grubbed up every root that drew its sustenance from the past, and have been finding out ever since to their sorrow that nothing with roots can be made to order. " Do right though the heavens fall " is an admirable precept so long as the heavens do not take you at your word and come down about your ears — still worse about those of your neighbors. It is a...

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