Saturday, August 04, 2007

She is the New Woman! Society can no longer force females into wedlock --- so it is forcing them out...by the thousands. But what good will our disapproval do? They will only laugh at you. The strike is on. Few of the strikers have Helen's courage. But, believe it or not, the strike will spread. It cannot be crushed by law or force. Unless society wakes up and reforms its rules and regulations of marriage, marriage is doomed. What are you going to do about it? (Silence.) I thought so - nothing. Call them bad women and let it go at that. Blame it all on humannature, made by God, and leave untouched our human institutions, made by man. You poor little pessimists, human nature today is better than it ever was, but our most important institution is worse - the most sacred relationship in life has become a jest in the market-place....You funny little cowards, you're afraid of life, afraid of love, afraid of truth. You worship lies, and call it God!

-Uncle Everett in Jesse Lynch Williams' Why Marry? (Winner of the 1918 Pulitzer Prize for Drama)

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