Frivolity: 123 tag

31 January 2008

via Tripp

The Rules:-
Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. (No cheating!)
Find Page 123.
Find the first 5 sentences.
Post the next 3 sentences.
Tag 5 people.

And here is what I found.

But, if even by these sinister methods they really persuaded women, by working on their feelings, to stay at home, and fulfil the duties of a mother and mistress of a family, I should cautiously oppose opinions that led women to right conduct, by prevailing on them to make the discharge of a duty the business of life, though reason were insulted. Yet, and I appeal to experience, if by neglecting the understanding they are as much, nay, more detached from these domestic duties, than they could be by the most serious intellectual pursuit, though it may be observed that the mass of mankind will never vigorously pursue an intellectual object,  I may be allowed to infer that reason is absolutely necessary to enable a woman to perform any duty properly, and I must again repeat, that sensibility is not reason.

The comparison with the rich still occurs to me, for, when men neglect the duties of humanity, women will do the same; a common stream hurries them both along with thoughtless celerity.

That’s from Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman as found in The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol II, Sixth Edition.

The first five people who wish to comment and accept a tag are tagged.

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