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[59] Grant all that may be claimed of the gracefulness of dependence, the charm of submission, the truth remains that actual life makes little account of these soft adornments. Of all things on earth, after love, that which a human being most needs is strength; and as the ancients accounted a lioness with her young more dangerous than a lion, so the very fact that woman is the mother of the human race makes it essential that she should have some vigor of will. It is desirable, doubtless, that a man should be strong, but we may almost say that a woman must be strong.

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