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    Olive Schreiner (Author)

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Excerpt: ...believe we have caught sight of a land bathed in a nobler than any material sunlight, with a fruitage richer than any which the senses only can grasp: and behind us, we believe there follows a longer train than any composed of our own race and people: the sound of the tread we hear behind us is that of all earth's women, bearing within them the entire race. The footpath, yet hardly perceptible, which we tread down today, will, we believe, be life's broadest and straightest road, along which the children of men will pass to a higher co-ordination and harmony. The banner which we unfurl today is not new: it is the standard of the old, free, monogamous, labouring woman, which, twenty hundred years ago, floated over the forests of Europe. We shall bear it on, each generation as it falls passing it into the hand of that which follows, till we plant it so high that all nations of the world shall see it: till the women of the humblest human races shall be gathered beneath its folds, and no child enter life that was not born within its shade. We are not new! If you would understand us, go back two thousand years, and study our descent: our breed is our explanation. We are the daughters of our fathers as well as of our mothers. In our dreams we still hear the clash of the shields of our forefathers as they struck them together before battle and raised the shout of 'Freedom!' In our dreams it is with us still, and when we wake it breaks from our own lips! We are the daughters of those men. But, it may be said, 'Are there not women among you who would use the shibboleth, of freedom and labour, merely as a means for opening a door to a greater and more highly flavoured self-indulgence, to a more lucrative and enjoyable parasitism? Are there not women who, under the guise of 'work,' are seeking only increased means of sensuous pleasure and self-indulgence: to whom intellectual training and the opening to new fields of labour side by side with man, mean merely...
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  • PDF | 56 pages
  • Olive Schreiner (Author)
  • RareBooksClub.com (22 Aug. 2012)
  • English
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  • Business, Finance Law

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