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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 23 (search)
ey of his study or his office. But the change now meant is one already effected in many families, and always, I suspect, with happy results — the introduction, under some form, of the Independent Purse. By this institution is meant something quite beyond that mere allowance for dress, or for household expenses, which is so often made in families. That is usually based on sheer convenience. There is no more thought of justice in it than in the sum allowed to Bridget to buy yeast, or to Michael for horse-feed. The true division is not based on convenience, but on right — on the knowledge, namely, that the wife's share of the day's work is as essential as the husband's, and that there should be some equality in the distribution of proceeds. The family relation is, in its merely business aspects, a kind of co-partnership. Now it is very common in such partnerships for one partner to see to the manufacturing or to the care of the property, while all the money passes through anoth