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Hello, my dear peers, my name is Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

    Thank you Mrs. Rochester for your delightful insight on what it means to be a Victorian woman. I too am a somewhat unconventional woman, but no less a Victorian for it. I wanted to be the next Homer, to write poetry concerned with more than love and flowers. I eloped with my husband, going against my father’s wishes. So yes, I too am a passionate, intelligent Victorian woman. How silly it is to think that women cannot feel as deeply as men! Poetry is the very essence of feeling, it is our heart and our minds in written form. My husband recognized his match through my poetry because my poetry is me. I quite agree with you Mrs. Rochester that we are men’s emotional and intellectual peers, and I am quite delighted to support your ideas.

    I too would like to address Mr. Gradgrind, although my response is more in support of his ideas concerning the condition of England. I do think that we have more to be concerned about with the factory lifestyle than just emotional distance, even as important an issue that is. I think we need to be concerned about the children of England. We are forcing them to work in the mines, to grow old before their time, to abandon everything that is good about humanity to toil in the workshops and mines. To be a Victorian should not mean to enslave women and children, be it emotionally or through physical labor. It is our duty as Victorians to ensure the protection of the next generation, to allow them to be children, and, I suppose you are right Mr. Gradgrind, to emotionally care for them as well.

I am a strong woman as well, a great poet, and a subject of England concerned with the direction expansion is taking. I am a Victorian.

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