re is no middle ground.
What if the Chinese proverb should turn out to be, after all, the summit of wisdom, For men, to cultivate virtue is knowledge; for women, to renounce knowledge is virtue ?
No doubt, the progress of events is slow, like the working of the laws of gravitation generally.
Certainly, there has been but little change in the legal position of women since China was in its prime, until within the last dozen years.
Lawyers admit that the fundamental theory of English and Oriental law is the same on this point: Man and wife are one, and that one is the husband.
It is the oldest of legal traditions.
When Blackstone declares that the very being and existence of the woman is suspended during the marriage, and American Kent echoes that her legal existence and authority are in a manner lost ; when Petersdorff asserts that the husband has the right of imposing such corporeal restraints as he may deem necessary, and Bacon that the husband hath, by law, power and dominion