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Nearly thirty years have passed, and a great many people seem still to believe that if women would only behave themselves they could easily live indoors, and spend their whole lives in weaving and spinning, like their great-grandmothers. But they could not do it, simply because there would be no market for their labors. In Homer's “Odyssey,” when Nausikaa of the white arms has had a dream, she goes through the halls to tell her royal parents --“her father dear and her mother.” She finds them still in-doors: “Her mother sat by the hearth among the waiting-women, spinning sea-purple yarn; she met her father at the door, just going forth to join the famous princes at the council.” But if Nausikaa of the white arms went to tell her parents a dream in these days, she might still very possibly meet her father going forth to join the princes (merchant princes) at the council (Stock Exchange), but she certainly would not find her mother amid her attendants spinning clothes for the family. Nor would Nausikaa herself afterwards go with her own maidens to the river with the family washing for the avowed purpose of putting in order the costumes of three bachelor brothers, always eager to wear something new to the dance. The whole conditions of labor, of costume, and of everything else are changed; so that to wear homespun, which was once the glory of the highest, is

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