Quotation by Fanny Kemble

It is not likely,... let me live as I will, that I shall ever be a rich woman, if I am to live in America; the cost of one's existence here is something fabulous, and the amount of discomfort one obtains for money, that purchases a liberal allowance of luxury as well as comfort in Europe, is by no means a small item of annoyance in one's daily life.
Fanny Kemble (1809–1893), British actor. Further Records, 1848-1883, vol. 2; entry dated November 29, 1857 (1891).

Kemble had married an American and was living in New York City when she wrote this. Now widowed, she was remaining in America to be near her children.
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