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Daemon
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A woman's heart must be of such a size and no larger, else it must be pressed small, like Chinese feet; her happiness is to be made as cakes are, by a fixed recipe.

George Eliot (1819-1880)
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The quotation is from Daniel Deronda, Book 7, Chapter 51, Eliot's (Mary Anne Thompson's) last novel set in contemporary Victorian England:

"I beseech you to tell me what moved you—when you were young, I mean—to take the course you did," said Deronda, trying by this reference to the past to escape from what to him was the heart-rending piteousness of this mingled suffering and defiance. "I gather that my grandfather opposed your bent to be an artist. Though my own experience has been quite different, I enter into the painfulness of your struggle. I can imagine the hardship of an enforced renunciation."

"No," said the Princess, shaking her head and folding her arms with an air of decision. "You are not a woman. You may try—but you can never imagine what it is to have a man's force of genius in you, and yet to suffer the slavery of being a girl. To have a pattern cut out—'this is the Jewish woman; this is what you must be; this is what you are wanted for; a woman's heart must be of such a size and no larger, else it must be pressed small, like Chinese feet; her happiness is to be made as cakes are, by a fixed receipt.' That was what my father wanted. He wished I had been a son; he cared for me as a make-shift link. His heart was set on his Judaism. He hated that Jewish women should be thought of by the Christian world as a sort of ware to make public singers and actresses of. As if we were not the more enviable for that! That is a chance of escaping from bondage."
GabhSigenod
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A bit of pressing is good for the soul.

Mise, tá mé lán de dea-fhortún.
Marissa La Faye Isolde
Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2012 10:13:32 PM
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One might think that until it is one's own heart or soul that is being pressed.
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Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2012 11:31:42 PM
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Comparing a woman 's heart and soul to the bound feet of Chinese women is a brilliant bit of artistry.
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