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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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flower, I was met by a heaven as blue as that of
spring, and by a fresh, vernal air, by sunshine and
the song of birds among the whispering trees. The
contrast was delightful. Ah, said I to myself, this
is a different life! After all, it is not good; no,
it is not good, it has not the freshness of Nature,
that life which so many ladies lead in this country;
that life of twilight in comfortable rooms, rocking
themselves by the fireside from one year’s end
to another; that life of effeminate warmth and
inactivity, by which means they exclude themselves
from the fresh air, from fresh invigorating life!
And the physical weakness of the ladies of this
country must, in great measure, be ascribed to their
effeminate education. It is a sort of harem-life,
although with this difference that they, unlike the
Oriental women, are here in the Western country
regarded as sultanesses and the men as their
subjects. It has, nevertheless, the tendency to
circumscribe their development and to divert them from
their highest and noblest purpose. The harems
of the West, no less than those of the East,
degrade the life and the consciousness of woman.

(To the Rev. P. J. Böklin.) Cincinnati, Nov. 27.
I must tell you of the growth and progress of the
Great West, as they have appeared to me. This
growth is principally material as yet, but the

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