Thursday, 3 July 2008

A quote on books & reading

"A woman at one of mother's parties once said to me, 'Do you like reading?' which smote us all to silence, for how could one tell her that books are like having a bath or sleeping, or eating bread - absolute necessities which one never thinks of in terms of appreciation. And we all sat waiting for her to say she had so little time for reading, before ruling her right out for ever and ever." Rachel Ferguson (1893-1957), The Brontes went to Woolworths. See LibraryThing for book details.

Rachel Ferguson was a vigorous campaigner for women's rights and a member of the Women's Social and Political Union or WSPU. A pianist, caricaturist and lover of cats, Rachel's later years were dominated by two causes - the well-being of quote "decayed gentlewomen and performing animals".

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