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XLIX. the missing musical woman.

There is just now a revival of the anxious inquiry after an eminent composer of music among women. Mr. Upton, in a book upon the subject, and Mr. Upton's numerous critics, are all discussing the matter with eager interest, and give a great many ingenious reasons for what is, to careful students of the intellectual history of woman, a very simple affair. Such students are usually brought to the conviction that the difference between the sexes in point of intellect is not a question of comparative quantity or quality, but simply of time. It is a matter of acceleration and retardation. In all arts, for certain reasons not hard to discover, the eminence of women is a later historical development than that of men. It is one of those “precious things discovered late,” --of which Tennyson writes; and this tardiness would certainly be provoking had it not come to pass, under the doctrine of evolution, that the latest things are apt to be recognized as the most precious throughout all nature. Up to the time of George Sand or George Eliot it had not seemed possible that a woman

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