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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 2 (search)
len must still be woven and made into garments, but it must be done away from home. Even the few arts of this kind that lingered longest beneath the cottage roof have almost or quite vanished. Hannah is no longer at the window binding shoes, or Delia braiding straw hats. Industry is systematized: Hannah and Delia go to labor at the shop, or at the works, or the factory. They still do in substance what the women did beneath the roof of King Alcinous; but instead of doing it as in those days,Delia go to labor at the shop, or at the works, or the factory. They still do in substance what the women did beneath the roof of King Alcinous; but instead of doing it as in those days, in return for home and protection and food, they do it for money. They are no longer under shelter; they are thrown out into the great, busy, bustling world; they make their own contract for wages, and collect these for themselves. They are as far as possible from the condition of perpetual tutelage which was, according to Sir Henry Maine, the recognized position of the Roman woman, following out more systematically the condition of her Greek sister. And this being the case, we must recogn