WOMEN HAVE NO REAL NAMES

In England they have many terms
to express the word “woman”
which we have not:
kindly old wife who received me,
wretched old crone,
sonsy lassie,
neat maid,  etc.

If a woman is a worker,
an artist, a student, or an author
she can walk the Quartier Latin
of Paris unharmed
but she has in work
an armor of proof.

Even a witty and very pretty
woman should hold herself
in check.

Women have no real names.
If they marry several times
they may well begin to doubt
their own identity.

Happy those who never have to sign
but one new name to their letters!

~found in Manners and Social Usages,
by Mrs. John Sherwood (author of “A Transplanted Rose”)
1884, revised in 1897

 

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