Sisters of Charity; And, The Communion of Labour: Two Lectures on the Social Employments of Women. A New Edition Enlarged and Improved with a Prefatory Letter to the Right Hon. Lord John Russell, President of the National Association for the Promotion of Social Science, on the Present Condition and Requirements of the Women of England

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Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts, 1859 - Всего страниц: 148

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Стр. 73 - Dire was the tossing, deep the groans : Despair Tended the sick, busiest from couch to couch ; And over them triumphant Death his dart Shook, but delay'd to strike, though oft invoked With vows, as their chief good, and final hope.
Стр. 8 - nobody in particular is to blame, that I can see, for the state in which things are, and I cannot tell, however much I puzzle over it, how they are to be altered for the better ; but I feel there is something wrong somewhere. I believe single women should have more to do — better chances of interesting and profitable occupation than they possess now.
Стр. 8 - I observe that to such grievances as society cannot readily cure, it usually forbids utterance, on pain of its scorn : this scorn being only a sort of tinselled cloak to its deformed weakness.
Стр. 9 - Keep your girls' minds narrow and fettered — they will still be a plague and a care, sometimes a disgrace to you: cultivate them — give them scope and work — they will be your gayest companions in health; your tenderest nurses in sickness; your most faithful prop in age.
Стр. 8 - They expect them to do this, and this only, contentedly, regularly, uncomplainingly all their lives long, as if they had no germs of faculties for anything else: a doctrine as reasonable to hold, as it would be that the fathers have no faculties but for eating what their daughters cook, or for wearing what they sew.
Стр. 9 - ... to strive, by scarce modest coquetry and debasing artifice, to gain that position and consideration by marriage which to celibacy is denied. Fathers! cannot you alter these things? Perhaps not all at once; but consider the matter well when it is brought before you, receive it as a theme worthy of thought: do not dismiss it with an idle jest or an unmanly insult.
Стр. 8 - ... long, as if they had no germs of faculties for anything else: a doctrine as reasonable to hold, as it would be that the fathers have no faculties but for eating what their daughters cook, or for wearing what they sew. Could men live so themselves? Would they not be very weary? And, when there came no relief to their weariness, but only reproaches at its slightest manifestation, would not their weariness ferment in time to frenzy? Lucretia, spinning at midnight in the midst of her maidens, and...
Стр. 8 - ... are unable or unwilling to remedy : such reminder, in forcing on them a sense of their own incapacity, or a more painful sense of an obligation to make some unpleasant effort, troubles their ease and shakes their self-complacency. Old maids, like the houseless and unemployed poor, should not ask for a place and an occupation in the world : the demand disturbs the happy and rich : it disturbs parents.
Стр. 4 - ... with the divine law, and what Milton calls the faultless proprieties of nature, depends the well-being of the whole community, not less than that of each individual. Domestic life, the acknowledged foundation of all social life, has settled by a natural law the work of the man and the work of the woman. The man governs, sustains, and defends the family; the woman cherishes, regulates, and purifies it; but though distinct, the relative work is inseparable, — and sometimes exchanged, sometimes...
Стр. 23 - Seeing that the services rendered to the sick can only be properly administered by those whose vocation it is, and who do it in the spirit of love...

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