The First Duty of Women a Series of Articles Repr from the Victoria Magazine, 1865 To 1870

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 134 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1870. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... 137 FEMININE KNOWLEDGE. Would any of us choose, if we could have our choice;, to belong to that large class of the human race who, pass through the world knowing nothing of the causes of their good or evil fortune, and powerless consequently to help or avert it? Who see, for instance, their numbers thinned by small-pox or ague, or other visitation without knowledge of the help or rescue that may yet be within their reach. If it is fifty miles off, they cannot bring it; if it is offered to them, they cannot judge it; if the safety of those dearest to them depended on it, they could not tell how to look for evidence, or what evidence to look for, as to its effects. Immunity from both evils may have fallen to their lot, but they know nothing wherein their safety lies; they are even quite likely to throw it away in obedience to bad advice, or to neglect precautions in defiance of any advice whatever. Would any one choose to be one of these, even if by the care of others he were kept in health and safety--or would he prefer to know the reason of his security, and be able to protect himself? And if he were one of the thousands, rich and poor, who have been brought up to some trade or handicraft by which they earn their daily bread, and who are liable suddenly to find that there is no farther demand for their industry, would he choose to be one of those whose mental habits enable them to know, or soon to learn, what has supplanted their labour, to find out whether the demand will return, whether it exists elsewhere, whether it can ever exist again--or to be one that must suffer in silence for want of that knowledge that so nearly concerns him? And if he saw one of his neighbours rise out of his class, grow rich, and surround himself with good things, would he choose to...

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