Literary Reminiscences; From the Autobiography of an English Opium-Eater Volume 1-2

Literary Reminiscences; From the Autobiography of an English Opium-Eater Volume 1-2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...had been effected, or else the nature of the accident, being in home waters. (offthe coast of Dorsetshire, ) might, by the nature of the contract, have taken the case out of the benefit of the policy. This loss, however, had it even been total, for a single sister amongst a family of flourishing brothers, could not be of any lasting importance. A much larger number of voices would proclaim her to have been unfortunate in life, because she made no marriage connection; and certainly the insipid as well as unfeeling ridicule which descends so plentifully from vulgar minds, upon those women who, perhaps from strength of character, have refused to make such a connection where it promised little of elevated happiness, does make the state of singleness somewhat ofa trial to the patience of many; and to many the cruelty of this trial has proved a snare for beguiling them of their honorable resolutions. Douhtless the most elevated form, and the most impassioned, of human happiness cannot be had out of marriage. But, as the opportunities are rare in which all the conditions concur for such connections, how important it is that the dignity of noble-minded (and, in the lowest case, of firmminded) women, should be upheld by society in the honorable election they make of a self-dependent state of virgin seclusion, by preference to a heartless marriage! Such women, as Mrs. Trollope justly remarks, fill a place in society which, in their default, could not be supplied, and are disposable for duties requiring a tenderness and a punctuality that could not be hoped from women preoccupied with household or maternal claims. In another point, Mrs. Trollope is right: few women live unmarried from necessity--few indeed. Miss Wordsworth, to my knowledge, more

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