I am every day more convinced that we women, if we are to be good women, feminine and amiable and domestic, are not fitted to reign; at least it is contre gré that they drive themselves to the work which it entails.
Victoria (1819–1901), British monarch, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. letter, Feb. 17, 1852, to Leopold I, King of the Belgians. Letters of Queen Victoria, vol. 2, ch. 21, eds. A.C. Benson and Viscount Esher (1907).