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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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for averting them. The assembly consisted of
about twenty women and of those men whom they
invited. It was an assembly of thoughtful, gentle
countenances. The office of spokesman was
unanimously assigned to Channing. He opened,
therefore, the meeting with a representation of
those sufferings which may befall a woman through
the noblest and the best part of her nature
under the existing state of society. I listened
to him with feelings which I have difficulty in
describing.

“Is it possible,” thought I, “is it really true
that I hear a man thus aware of, thus understanding
the sighs, the agony, the yearnings which I
myself, during a greater portion of my life,
experienced almost to despair—which many experience
as I did, and under which many also sink? Is it a
man I hear speaking for the captives, for those
demanding liberation? And do I hear through
him really that a better time is approaching, a
more just, more enlightened, more holy? Is it
not a dream? Shall really the time of silent sighs
cease upon earth? Shall there be light and a path
and freedom and a heaven opened to all?”

In the evening of the second day after our
arrival, there was a little play and a ball. A lively
little piece, but without any very profound meaning,
was acted very well by a number of the young

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