Oh, this was hard to read. Slavery, women's submission to the men's world, class separation, and one spoiled stubborn girl whom you want to kill one moment, another to empathize with, yet another you know hers was the pain and the plight of all women. But what passion! What zeal! What spirit! And yet...this is the most infuriating book I've ever read, and I couldn't stop reading it, dammit. My favorite quote: "'Why, why,' her mind stuttered, 'I believe women could manage everything in the world without men's help—except having babies, and God knows, no woman in her right mind would have babies if she could help it.'" It was very useful to read it to see how a reader could be held for so long in an agonizing, almost painful suspense until the veg end. All 1,037 pages. What a book.