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“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.
“One cannot hope to tell the truth. One can only show how one came to hold whatever opinion one does hold.
“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. Self care
“Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.
“So accurately does history repeat itself.
“Thus, I concluded, shutting Mr. Oscar Browning’s life and pushing away the rest, it is fairly event that even in the nineteenth century a woman was not encouraged to be an artist. On the contrary, she was snubbed, slapped, lectured and exhorted. Her mind must have been strained and her vitality lowered by the need of opposing this, of disapproving that.
“For masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice.
“That is it, Intellectual freedom depends upon material things. Poetry depends upon intellectual freedom. And women have always been poor, not for two hundred years merely, but from the beginning of time. Women have had less intellectual freedom than the sons of Athenian slaves.
“So that when I ask you to earn money and have a room of your own, I am asking you to live to the presence of reality, an invigorating life, it would appear, whether one can impart it or not.
“Do not dream of influencing other people, I would say, if I knew how to make it sound exalted. Think of things in themselves.