Excerpt from The Stone Wall: An Autobiography
Many will declare it to have been an abnormal life. I do not believe every Woman has been through all the experiences that I have (i certainly hope not for their sakes), but I do believe that every woman has had some of the problems that I have had to face.
Many will deny a knowledge of any of them, afraid to acknowledge even to themselves the whole truth. In judging reactions in a child's mind, I ask the readers of today to remember that I was born in 1864, and also to realize the atmosphere of the home life of that period.
I expect to speak openly of things which, in the modern novel, are represented by asterisks; on the stage by the lowering Of the curtain; in the press many times without restriction, but as ordinary news to sell the paper, and in conversation by a rising of the eyebrows or a shrug of the shoulders.
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