"...There must be in every center of humanity one human being upon a larger plan:
one who does not "give her best," but gives her all.
Our old analogy of the fire remains the most workable one. The fire needs not blaze like electricity nor boil like boiling water: its point is that it blazes more than water and warms more than light.
The wife is like the fire, or to put things in their proper proportion, the fire is like the wife.
Like the fire, the woman is expected to cook: not to excel in cooking, but to cook; to cook better than her husband who is earning the coke by lecturing on botany or breaking stones.
Like the fire, the woman is expected to tell tales to the children, not original and artistic tales but tales - better tales than would probably be told by a first class cook....
Woman must be a cook, but not a competitive cook; a school mistress, but not a competitive school mistress; a house decorator, but not a competitive house decorator; a dress maker, but not a competitive dress maker. She should not have one trade but many hobbies; she, unlike the man, may develop all her second bests....
Women were not kept at home in order to keep them narrow;
on the contrary, they were kept at home in order to keep them broad."
from The Emancipation of Domesticity, What's Wrong With the World, by G. K. Chesterton
|By the Hearth, by Platt Powell Ryder|
(You gotta love that last line!)