Wherever the spirit of industry
triumphs over the aristocratic spirit
woman aspires to the economic and legal independence of a clerk.
‘Erica-the-Cleric’, stands inscribed over the portal of our modern society.
There has been an almost masculine stupidity about this movement
of which real women, that is to say clever women, are heartily ashamed.
There has been a desire to make woman more cultivated
as if history had not declared that to cultivate anything
is to make it weaker.
That in woman which inspires respect is her ‘nature’,
which is more ‘natural’ than that of man,
her beast-of-prey suppleness and inner savagery.
Woman is being divested of her enchantment.
Europe, O’ Europe…
No Goddess lies concealed within this crazy notion.
It is just an idea, and a thoroughly modern idea at that!