Please do not assume that a book's appearance in Google Book Search means it can be used in any manner anywhere in the world. running things up to their first principles — who judge from reason instead of precedent — ^from what ought to be, rather than from what is, — ^to such persons it has sometimes occurred that the softer sex has scarcely had fair play-^that we have styled ourselves lords of the creation more by the patent pf physiical power, than of moral right — that, in a word, if we have not, like Brennus, declared va victis to be the principle of our conduct, it has, in real fact, been the rule by which we have been guided.Copyright infringement liabili^ can be quite severe. " INTELLBCTUAL WOMEN » .„ *T SIE WALTEE EALEIOH'S POEMS „ M A MUEDEEEE'S DE4TH-BED ^ 41 MEN OP GENIUS— A PEA6MENT ^ M TEBSES TO A LOVED ONE , M GHOST 8TOEIESr-No. " INTELLECTUAL WOMEN/' * Xt is very common for minds of ordinary calibre to con* found social and natural institutions — ^that is, to regard regulations of society, which have almost immemorially existed, as established laws and principles of nature. There can, we imagine, be no doubt that physical su- periority was the original cause of the man being pre- ferred to the woman, in almost every thing ; — and from this it has been argued, that it is evident that such waai the intention of nature.About Google Book Search Google's mission is to organize the world's information and to make it universally accessible and useful. III , 84 A LBir EE ON MUSICAL TASTES , 7T PL0WEE8 M AN OWEE TEUB TALE— Bdug a Awther Extnet fnm an Uopab Uihtd I^ 101 THE PIG-NIC PARTY 119 BETEIBUTION— A DREAM 131 SCRAPS, ORIGINAL AND SELECTED 148 THE REVIEW. In this country, for instance, where inheritance by primo« geniture has so long obtained, there are many who look on it as the natural and only mode of succession ; — and, though some, who have the misfortune of a later birth, may wistfully think the last Egyptian infliction^which converted universally younger brothers into elder ones — a blessing rather than a plague, yet even these have their minds so imbued with long-standing usag^, that the contrary example of many surrounding nations is scarcely sufl Scient to convince them of the possibility of any other practice. If so, then it is equally the intention of nature, that the strong man should despoil the weak at hispleasurc^tbat the many should oppress the few — the powerful lord over the defenceless.
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And wheii in addition to this sensitive and devoted nature, which is common to almost all women, there is bestowed a mind of lofty powers, expanded by liberal knowledge, her attachment assumes a character supe- rior to that of either sex: — fonder — ^purer — ^more engross- ing — ^more fasting^— than that of man : — more noble — more ardent — ^better, and therefore more firmly, grounded — , than what is usually felt by woman — ^The fires of pas- sion are mingled with those of genius, and both gain added power and brilliancy from being conjoined.
Such affection as this, indeed, it is the lot of few men to excite— of fewer to deserve.
On the far higher and dearer ground of affection, the difference is even greater.
Love, in the fulness of its power, canpot exist in a narrow mind.
They seem, in truth, to give to woman the angelic pro* perties and nature with which she is so often invested in the language of silly and vulgar flippancy : — '* Oh I Woraa D'a Love, tliou best fruit of the heart. — Devoted, self-forgetting, as thou art^ Thou makest hnman nature seem to be *" What sometimes *thas been ft Ued ;— not the smart Of i U-requital— or, far worse, to see The object worthless, e'er can make thee less. " That it is possible for a woman to unite all the powers of manly intellect with the fascinations and charm of her own sex, the distinguished writer, from whom we 12 « INTEJLLSCTUAL WOMEN." have taken the motto of this paper*, is strikiiig and ^ abundant evidence.
She joined strength and expansion of mind — grasp and depth of thought — ^with the utmost brilliancy of genius and fervency of feeling.Such a feeling is most unlvorthy of such men — and yet one cannot deny its frequency among them.If they desire approbation and applause, surely that yielded by one capable of appreciating, justly is of tenfold value to the blind praise and devotion of a pretty simpleton* Even on the score of vanity, one should think they would wish for mental excellence in the woman of their choice.It has survived long enough for the copyright to expire and the book to enter the public domain.A public domain book is one that was never subject to copyright or whose legal copyright term has expired.We also ask that you: Make non-commercial use of the files We designed Google Book Search for use by individuals, and we request that you use these files for personal, non-commercial purposes.