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Margaret Fuller Slack

 I would have been as great as George Eliot
But for an untoward fate.
For look at the photograph of me made by Penniwit, Chin resting on hand, and deep-set eyes -- Gray, too, and far-searching.
But there was the old, old problem: Should it be celibacy, matrimony or unchastity? Then John Slack, the rich druggist, wooed me, Luring me with the promise of leisure for my novel, And I married him, giving birth to eight children, And had no time to write.
It was all over with me, anyway, When I ran the needle in my hand While washing the baby's things, And died from lock-jaw, an ironical death.
Hear me, ambitious souls, Sex is the curse of life.

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