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Winifred Van Etten

  • No one could ever be capable of solving the final mysteries. And without that, knowledge was merely an interesting escape.

  • ... women were more victimized by nature. The incongruity was doubled in their case, for women, supposed to be endowed with greater sensitiveness, finer perception, and responsiveness to the ethical and aesthetic, were peculiarly the victims of physical being and hence the subject of more ribaldry than men. It was no wonder maternity had been sentimentalized. It had to be either that or the most boisterous aspect of the bad joke. No wonder decent women could not enjoy vulgarity. It came too close to being truth for them.

  • Laugh at humanity, eating, drinking, wenching its way through life, and, when its belly was full and its appetite sated, bawling laments for its bondage to the flesh. A comic ox, humanity, that, once stuffed with fodder, rolled its eyes to heaven to exclaim, 'Is this then all of life?' and contemplated a vacuous existence through sleep-heavy lids.

Winifred Van Etten, U.S. writer, educator

(1902 - 1983)

Full name: Winifred Mayne Van Etten.