Quotation by Lucy Larcom

The New Hampshire girls who came to Lowell were descendants of the sturdy backwoodsmen who settled that State scarcely a hundred years before.... They were earnest and capable; ready to undertake anything that was worth doing. My dreamy, indolent nature was shamed into activity among them. They gave me a larger, firmer ideal of womanhood.
Lucy Larcom (1824–1893), U.S. poet and teacher. A New England Girlhood, ch. 9 (1889).

Larcom began earning her living as a mill worker in Lowell, Massachusetts, at age 11.
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