Quotation by Beatrice Potter Webb

At present I feel like a caged animal, bound up by the luxury, comfort and respectability of my position. I can't get the training that I want without neglecting my duty.
Beatrice Potter Webb (1858–1943), British author and socialist. As quoted in Beatrice Webb, ch. 6, by Carole Seymour-Jones (1992).

From an 1883 diary entry written when Webb was twenty-five. The daughter of a wealthy, socially prominent family, she was living at home and confining her study to the morning hours so that her days could be devoted to her family and obligatory social functions. Later, she would marry beneath her station and, with her husband Sidney Webb, become a socialist theoretician and reformer.
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