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Today, I like Shelley

July 30, 2010

This is the heroine speaking from his Revolt of Islam:

“Can man be free if woman be a slave?
Chain one who lives, and breathes this boundless air,
To the corruption of a closed grave!”

This same heroine leads the revolution. She sounds a lot like Mary Wollstonecraft which makes sense since Shelley and Mary spent a lot of time re-reading her mother’s books, particularly, “A Vindication of the Rights of Women.”

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