Raden Adjeng Kartini

Letters of a Javanese Princess

    Maya Savitrihas quoted3 years ago
    long to be free, to be able to stand alone, to study, not to be subject to any one, and, above all, never, never to be obliged to marry.

    But we must marry, must, must. Not to marry is the greatest sin which the Mohammedan woman can commit; it is the greatest disgrace which a native girl can bring to her family.

    And marriage among us—Miserable is too feeble an expression for it. How can it be otherwise, when the laws have made everything for the man and nothing for the woman?
    Reyna Hameerahas quoted2 months ago
    nnot be broken hold us fast cloistered in their unyielding arms. Some day those arms will loosen and let us go, but that time lies as yet far from us, infinitely far. It will come, that I know; it may be three, four generations after us.
    Reyna Hameerahas quoted2 months ago
    be broken hold us fast cloistered in their unyielding arms.
    Reyna Hameerahas quoted2 months ago
    I had rather do than give myself wholly to the working and striving of the new woman in Europe; but age-long traditions that
    Reyna Hameerahas quoted2 months ago
    and night I wonder by what means our ancient traditions could be overcome. For m
    Reyna Hameerahas quoted2 months ago
    in my childhood, the word "emancipation" enchanted my ears; it had a significance that nothing else had, a meaning that was far beyond my comprehension, and awakened in me an evergrowing longing for freedom and independence—a longing to stand alone.
    Reyna Hameerahas quoted2 months ago
    myself, I could find a way to shake them off, to break them, were it not that another bond, stronger than any age-old tradition could ever be, binds me to my world; and that is the love which I bear for those to whom I owe my life, and whom I must thank for everything.
    Reyna Hameerahas quoted2 months ago
    who, happy and self-reliant, lightly and alertly steps on her way through life, full of enthusiasm and warm feeling; working not only for her own well-being and happiness, but for the greater good of humanity as a whole.
    b2787229970has quoted7 months ago
    She did not desire to make of her people pseudo-Europeans but better Javanese.
    fad sshas quotedlast year
    sombre obscurity and seclusion
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