Excerpt from Transactions of the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society, Vol. 5: Part II., October, 1898
It is not meant to be taken too seriously, but it has shaken the usual confidence in conventional methods of instruction and conventional restraints. It has been seen by many a parent and guardian, that girls were not only as a rule twice as quick as boys, but more than twice as industrious and so the story of the college where those who are twice as quick as men might redress the balance of knowledge apart from man's presence, has stirred many a misgiving as to what for long periods in the past, was thought quite good enough schooling for the girls Of a family. Not Of course that there were not thinkers and workers on this subject before The Princess was written. But a poem like this reaches minds which would not be attracted in ordinary ways. Its very fancifulness and remoteness from what makes up the common texture Of daily life, save it from being voted dull. A lecture, say, from Miss Buss, one of the noblest of all the pioneers Of the higher education Of women, would reach a few, it is true, but many more would pass it by altogether, and yet The Princess might present the same problem to their minds and they might at last begin to think about it.
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