The Subjection of Women

The Subjection of Women

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The Subjection of Women

The Subjection of Women

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In the first edition of Mill's "Subjection of Women" the reader was not furnished with any mechanical means to aid him in analysing the argument and keeping the main lines of the thought clearly before him. There were no table of contents, no headings to the chapters, and no divisions of the chapters into sections.

Yet the structure of the Essay is by no means so obvious that the ordinary reader can dispense with aids of this kind. Not only are the transitions from paragraph to paragraph almost imperceptible, on account of their smoothness, but the paragraphs themselves are unusually long, in many cases stretching over several pages. The whole thought is on a level, and the level is high, seldom bending to concrete instance, narrative, or historic and literary allusion. The essay is a broad expanse of generalisations concerning human nature, universal principles of character and conduct, and far-reaching prophecies.

These characteristics were entirely intentional on Mill's park. It would therefore be out of place for an editor to insert headings, or to divide the chapters into their main sections, or even to introduce notes at the foot of the page. I purpose, however, to accomplish the same end by giving here . . .

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