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...his daughter, and she was like himself."
She had folded her arms again, and looked as if she were ready to face some impending attempt at mastery.
"Your father was different. Unlike me--all lovingness and affection. I knew I could rule him; and I made him secretly promise me, before I married him, that he would put no hindrance in the way of my being an artist. My father was on his deathbed when we were married: from the first he had fixed his mind on my marrying my cousin Ephraim.And when a woman's will is as strong as the man's who wants to govern her, half her strength must be concealment.I meant to have my will in the end, but I could only have it by seeming to obey. I had an awe of my father--always I had had an awe of him: it was impossible to help it. I hated to feel awed--I wished I could have defied him openly; but I never could. It was what I could not imagine: I could not act it to myself that I should begin to defy my father openly and succeed. And I never would risk failure."
This last sentence was uttered with an abrupt emphasis, and she paused after it as if... Eliot, George
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