Posthumous Works

of the Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Published: 1798
Language: English
Wordcount: 93,751 / 272 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 42.3
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 599
Added to site: 2007.10.30
mnybks.net#: 18775
Genre: Essays
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onfinement that froze her into a nook of existence, with an unvaried prospect before her, the most insupportable of evils. The lamp of life seemed to be spending itself to chase the vapours of a dungeon which no art could dissipate.--And to what purpose did she rally all her energy?--Was not the world a vast prison, and women born slaves?

Though she failed immediately to rouse a lively sense of injustice in the mind of her guard, because it had been sophisticated into misanthropy, she touched her heart. Jemima (she had only a claim to a Christian name, which had not procured her any Christian privileges) could patiently hear of Maria's confinement on false pretences; she had felt the crushing hand of power, hardened by the exercise of injustice, and ceased to wonder at the perversions of the understanding, which systematize oppression; but, when told that her child, only four months old, had been torn from her, even while she was discharging the tenderest maternal office, the woman awoke in a bosom lon

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