She is a writer; the profits of her books, by the law of England
, belong to her husband.
She has not lived with him — of course not, for she is a woman!-since that trial; but the brute goes every six months to John Murray
, and eats the profits of the brain of the wife whom he tried to disgrace, [Loud cries of “Shame, shame!” ] And the law of England
says it is right; the Orthodox pulpit says, “If you change it, it will be the pulling down of the stars and Saint Paul
I do not believe that the Honorable Mr. Norton
is half as near to the mind of Saint Paul
as the Honorable Mrs
I believe, therefore, in woman having the right to her brain, to her hands, to her toil, to her ballot.
“The tools to him that can use them--” and let God settle the rest.
If He made it just that we should have democratic institutions, then he made it just that everybody who is to suffer under the law should have a voice it making it; and if it is indelicate for women to vote, then let Him stop making women [applause and laughter], because republicanism and such women are inconsistent.
I say it reverently; and I only say it to show you the absurdity.
Why, my dear man and woman, we are not to help God govern the world by telling lies!
He can take care of it himself.
If He made it just, you may be certain that He saw to it that it should be delicate; and you need not insert your little tiny roots of fastidious delicacy into the great giant rifts of God's world,--they are only in the way. [Applause.]