Quotation by Sarah Fielding

[T]here is no situation so deplorable ... as that of a gentlewoman in real poverty.... Birth, family, and education become misfortunes when we cannot attain some means of supporting ourselves in the station they throw us into. Our friends and former acquaintances look on it as a disgrace to own us.... If we were to attempt getting our living by any trade, people in that station would think we were endeavoring to take their bread out of their mouths.
Sarah Fielding (1710–1768), British novelist. Camilla, in The Adventures of David Simple, bk. 3, ch. 2 (1744).
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