Longings seized her

Sarah Grimke, born in 1792, was studying with a tutor when she reported: “Increasingly, during those classes, longings had seized me, foreign, torrential aches that overran my heart. I wanted to know things, to become someone. Oh, to be a son.”

I am reading about Sarah Grimke, an early activist for abolition and women’s rights, in Sue Monk Kidd’s book The Invention of Wings. It’s historical fiction; so, Sarah may not have thought those exact words.


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