I knew that my vocation was found. I had received the call, and having done so, I was sure my work would be assigned me. Of some things we feel quite certain. Inside there is a click, a kind of bell that strikes, when the hands of our destiny meet at the meridian hour.
Amelia E. Barr (1831–1919), U.S. author; born in Scotland. All the Days of My Life, ch. 18 (1913).
On moving to New York City and beginning to write stories. Barr was in economic straits and was the sole support of two young daughters; a third daughter had gone to live with a grandmother and attend school. Barr's other three children and her husband had recently died of yellow fever. She persevered and eventually became a popular author.