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James Joyce :
Professor Bloom is a finished example of the new womanly man. His moral nature is simple and lovable. Many have found him a dear man, a dear person. He is a rather quaint fellow on the whole, coy though not feebleminded in the medical sense. He has written a really beautiful letter, a poem in itself, to the court missionary of the Reformed Priests' Protection Society which clears up everything. He is practically a total abstainer and I can affirm that he sleeps on a straw litter and eats the most Spartan food, cold dried grocer's peas. He wears a hairshirt of pure Irish manufacture winter and summer and scourges himself every Saturday. He was, I understand, at one time a firstclass misdemeanant in Glencree reformatory. Another report states that he was a very posthumous child. I appeal for clemency in the name of the most sacred word our vocal organs have ever been called upon to speak. He is about to have a baby.
[James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Ulysses, ch. 15, "Circe," The Corrected Text, ed. Hans Walter Gabler, Random House (1986). Dr. Dixon is speaking of Leopold Bloom in one of the comical hallucination sections of "Circe."]
Dana Raphael :
A woman can get marries and her life does change. And a man can get married and his life changes. But nothing changes life as dramatically as having a child. . . . In this country, it is a particular experience, a rite of passage, if you will, that is unsupported for the most part, and rather ignored. Somebody will send you a couple of presents for the baby, but people do not acknowledge the massive experience to the parents involved.
[Dana Raphael (20th century), U.S. anthropologist. As quoted in Mothering the New Mother, by Sally Placksin, ch. 1 (1994).]
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Melinda M Marshall :
Bad child care is the nightmare from which no mother can escape. The professional who can run a business or save a life . . . the mother who can organize a community fund-raiser while entertaining two toddlers and nursing a baby—no matter how thoroughly they've investigated a nanny, no matter how many years they've known their sitter, all walk out the door haunted by the specter that the sitter or staff member to whom they've entrusted their most precious responsibility is a Hyde masquerading as a Jekyll, or otherwise not the women they thought her to be.
[Melinda M. Marshall (20th century), U.S. writer and editor. Good Enough Mothers, pt. II (1993).]
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George Orwell :
He is a man of thirty-five, but looks fifty. He is bald, has varicose veins and wears spectacles, or would wear them if his only pair were not chronically lost. If things are normal with him, he will be suffering from malnutrition, but if he has recently had a lucky streak, he will be suffering from a hangover. At present it is half past eleven in the morning, and according to his schedule he should have started work two hours ago; but even if he had made any serious effort to start he would have been frustrated by the almost continuous ringing of the telephone bell, the yells of the baby, the rattle of an electric drill out in the street, and the heavy boots of his creditors clumping up the stairs. The most recent interruption was the arrival of the second post, which brought him two circulars and an income tax demand printed in red. Needless to say this person is a writer.
[George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. repr. in The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell, vol. 4, eds. Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus (1968). "Confessions of a Book Reviewer," (1946).]
Mary Arrigo :
Because humans are not alone in exhibiting such behavior—bees stockpile royal jelly, birds feather their nests, mice shred paper—it's possible that a pregnant woman who scrubs her house from floor to ceiling [just before her baby is born] is responding to a biological imperative . . . . Of course there are those who believe that . . . the burst of energy that propels a pregnant woman to clean her house is a perfectly natural response to their mother's impending visit.
[Mary Arrigo (20th century), U.S. writer. "The Whole 9 Months," Parenting (October 1993).]
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Louise J Kaplan :
In all times and in all places—in Constantinople, northwestern Zambia, Victorian England, Sparta, Arabia, . . . medieval France, Babylonia, . . . Carthage, Mahenjo-Daro, Patagonia, Kyushu, . . . Dresden—the time span between childhood and adulthood, however fleeting or prolonged, has been associated with the acquisition of virtue as it is differently defined in each society. A child may be good and morally obedient, but only in the process of arriving at womanhood or manhood does a human being become capable of virtue—that is, the qualities of mind and body that realize society's ideals.
[Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 1 (1984).]
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Penelope Leach :
In order to become spoiled ... a child has to be able to want things as well as need them. He has to be able to see himself as a being who is separate from everyone else.... A baby is none of these things. He feels a need and he expresses it. He is not intellectually capable of working out involved plans and ideas like "Can I make her give me...?" "If I make enough fuss he will...?" "They let me do ... yesterday and I want to do it again today so I'll...."
[Penelope Leach (20th century), U.S. child development specialist. Your Baby and Child, ch. 3 (1983).]
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Barbara Cawthorne Crafton :
Men have a low threshold for distraction. They are delicate. They are made nervous by having to do more than one thing at a time. They feel frazzled and angry if they have to answer three phone calls, and have a hard time settling back to work after the trauma. Women, on the other hand, develop the skill of doing many things at once. They tuck the phone in between their shoulders and their ears, hold a baby on one hip, stir a pot on the stove, all the while thinking about an idea for a story. They don't think it's unfair to have to do this. They think it's normal.
[Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, U.S. author, Episcopal priest. "Men Are Very Delicate," The Sewing Room, Viking (1993).]
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Sarah Patton Boyle :
... not only have we exploited them physically and economically to bring ease to our bodies and our purses, but also we have exploited them emotionally to bring us many sublimated satisfactions. Our relationship with Negroes is a many-stringed instrument upon which we play melodies to replenish all the empty places in our hearts.... The parent-child relationship is almost consciously acted out, with the obedience, seeming respect, and acceptance by "our Nigras" going far toward soothing heartaches for the rebellion, arrogance, and rejection we must endure as our real children seize their own lives from us in adolescence. Even the reverse, the child-parent role, is sometimes filled, as we play the part of babyhood helplessness, satisfying immature longings to be waited on and taken care of.
[Sarah Patton Boyle, U.S. civil rights activist and author. The Desegregated Heart, part 1, ch. 19 (1962). Boyle, a white Virginia native, spoke of her gradual awakening, in the 1950s, to the full reality of African American-white relationships in the South.]
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Stella Chess :
A child is nothing like a racing car. . . . Souping up babies doesn't work that way. The child is what she is. There is a certain irreducible if elusive core. Pushing, pulling, stretching, and shrinking will not really change it. There may be spectacular interim results. The baby may say the alphabet before she walks, master two-times or even ten-times table at three. In the long run, however, this forced precocity tends to be irrelevant. . . . Whatever gains there are become unimportant. The losses can be irrevocable.
[Stella Chess (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist, and Jane Whitbread (20th century), U.S. writer. Daughters, ch. 2 (1978).]
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