Life of Mary Wollstonecraft

Roberts Brothers, 1884 - 360 páginas
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Elizabeth Pennell writes a compelling memoir of Mary Wollstonecraft describing the life and struggles of the early feminist. Pennell begins by discussing the way Wollstonecraft's reputation was tattered by those who opposed her moral conduct, resulting in an unfavorable and "unwomanly" depiction of Wollstonecraft after her death. Pennell also covers topics such as her daughter, Mary W. Shelley (the author of?Frankenstein)?and more.?

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Página 301 - a three guinea book could never do much harm among those who had not three shillings to spare.
Página 133 - The birthright of man, to give you, Sir, a short definition of this disputed right, is such a degree of liberty, civil and religious, as is compatible with the liberty of every other individual with whom he is united in a social compact, and the continued existence of that compact...
Página 143 - Dismissing, then, those pretty feminine phrases, which the men condescendingly use to soften our slavish dependence, and despising that weak elegancy of mind, exquisite sensibility, and sweet docility of manners, supposed to be the sexual characteristics of the weaker vessel, I wish to show that elegance is inferior to virtue, that the first object of laudable ambition is to obtain a character as a human being, regardless of the distinction of sex, and that secondary views should be brought to this...
Página 161 - ... then try what effect reason would have to bring them back to nature and their duty and, allowing them to share the advantages of education and government with man, see whether they will become better as they grow wiser and become free. They cannot be injured by the experiment, for it is not in the power of man to render them more insignificant than they are at present.
Página 151 - Educate women like men,' says Rousseau, 'and the more they resemble our sex the less power will they have over us.' This is the very point I aim at. I do not wish them to have power over men; but over themselves.
Página 193 - Nay, do not smile, but pity me ; for once or twice lifting my eyes from the paper, I have seen eyes glare through a glass door opposite my chair, and bloody hands shook at me. Not the distant sound of a footstep can I hear. My apartments are remote from those of the servants, the only persons who sleep with me in an immense hotel, one folding-door opening after another. I wish I had even kept the cat with me ! I want to see something alive, death, in so many frightful shapes, has taken hold of my...
Página 192 - I can scarcely tell you why, but an association of ideas made the tears flow insensibly from my eyes, when I saw Louis sitting, with more dignity than I expected from his character, in a hackney coach, going to meet death where so many of his race have triumphed.
Página 166 - I shall disdain to cull my phrases or polish my style ; — I aim at being useful, and sincerity will render me unaffected ; for, wishing rather to persuade by the force of my arguments, than dazzle by the elegance of my language, I shall not waste my time in rounding periods, or in fabricating the turgid bombast of artificial feelings, which, coming from the head, never reach the heart.
Página 225 - ... to run about the world to get a fortune, it is for yourself, for the little girl and I will live without your assistance, unless you are with us. I may be termed proud ; be it so, but I will never abandon certain principles of action. The common run of men have such an ignoble way of thinking, that, if they debauch their hearts, and prostitute their persons, following perhaps a gust of inebriation, they suppose the wife, slave rather, whom they maintain, has no right to complain, and ought to...
Página 151 - ... they are obliged to look up to man for every comfort. In the most trifling dangers they cling to their support, with parasitical tenacity, piteously demanding succour; and their natural protector extends his arm, or lifts up his voice, to guard the lovely trembler- from what? Perhaps the frown of an old cow, or the jump of a mouse; a rat, would be a serious danger.

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