Item 38 - “I am trying to finish my dissertation!”

“I am trying to finish my dissertation!”

'I’ve thought of something' from Friendship’s Gift. Boston & Lowell: Edward Rice, 1847.

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This plate is described by the text: “The picture before us tells its own tale. The fair lady, inspired by a sudden and brilliant idea, has seized the pen to record it for the edification of the world. With bare feet, night dress and disheveled hair, she turns a deaf ear to the cry of her helpless infant and the entreaties of her husband. In her haste she has upset the chair; her slippers, flung carelessly aside, lie in the middle of the floor … books lie profusely scattered around, while she herself, by lamplight, is indicting an ode.”

Adopted by Martha Elena Rojas

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