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Rebel women

Evelyn Sharp

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . felt that the little judgment hall, with its want of space, of sunlight, of air and sound and all the things that matter, was strangely at war with the accepted notion of the publicity of British justice. The British public was there, it is true—a dozen strong, perhaps, very self-conscious, and eaten up with pride at having succeeded in getting past the constable at the door. But it was a distinctly exclusive, not to say private, sort of public.

[23] One forgot all this, however, when the magistrate came in and began to hear the cases. There were a good many, and they were heard with extraordinary rapidity. I suppose the offenders knew beforehand what they were charged with—an advantage they sometimes had over the magistrate when he mixed up the charge sheets. But the British public, jammed together on the one bench reserved for it, could only gather occasionally why this or that person was fined or sent to prison or remanded. One thing could . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is more of a novella than a full-length book, but a sharply-written little book and a handy reminder of what things were once like. Some of the parts are still depressingly familiar, such as when a woman in the book is told that men would give her the vote if only she wasn't so loud and demandi

The rebel women of the title are the Suffragettes of the early part of the 20th century, the author a children's writer turned active participant in the good cause, the book a collection of articles published in various magazines focusing on different scenes from the struggle.

Sharp describes the pol