...these little girls spoke of going to one school or the other later on, of perhaps they would decide not to practice their music that day, or see if they could put off their dancing lesson till another hour. Things seemed to happen with them, sometimes one way, sometimes another, while with me there was a definite aim, and things just had to happen at a certain time. My one aim was to do a thing well, and to excel if possible. This outside life, where things seemed to go on without apparent necessity, held me in thrall.
Josephine Demott Robinson (1865–1948), U.S. circus performer. The Circus Lady, ch. 4 (1926).
Born into a circus family and a travelling performer from an early age, Robinson was reflecting on her response to the "normal" children she met during those times when she was not travelling and attended school.