What happiness did poor Mother's studies bring her? It is the melancholy tendency of such studies to separate people from their friends and neighbors and fellow creatures in whom alone lies one's happiness.
Mary Potter Playne (c. 1850–?), British housewife; sister of Beatrice Webb. As quoted in Beatrice Webb, ch. 1, by Carole Seymour-Jones (1992).
In a letter to Beatrice Potter Webb, dated October 16, 1883. Playne was referring to Lawrencina Potter, the intellectually accomplished but emotionally distant and unhappy mother of nine daughters. Beatrice would, working with her husband Sidney Webb, become a distinguished theoretician of socialism.