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...own way of life? Do you think I did what I did because I liked it, or thought it right, or wouldn't rather have gone to college and been a lady if I'd had the chance?
VIVIE. Everybody has some choice, mother. The poorest girl alive may not be able to choose between being Queen of England or Principal of Newnham; but she can choose between ragpicking and flowerselling, according to her taste. People are always blaming circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances.The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
MRS WARREN. Oh, it's easy to talk, isn't it? Here! would you like to know what _my_ circumstances were?
VIVIE. Yes: you had better tell me. Won't you sit down?
MRS WARREN. Oh, I'll sit down: don't you be afraid. [She plants her chair farther forward with brazen energy, and sits down. Vivie is impressed in spite of herself]. D'you know what your gran'mother was?
MRS WARREN. No, you don't. I do. She called herself a widow and had a fried-fish shop down by the Mint,... Shaw, George Bernard
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