Notes to WAY STATIONS by Elizabeth Robins

Notes to Way Stations

by Elizabeth Robins

Prepared by Joanne E. Gates

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Author. Title. Print publication, and URL of the site; editor [Joanne E. Gates], title, text chapter(s); the date of the last update and the date the document was retrieved; and URL of the specific text.

Woman's War.

In the original table of contents, "Woman's War" was misprinted as "Woman's Way," but the original McClure's article and bottom of page note for the start of the esay on p. 349, give authoritiy for the change here to its correct title, "Woman's War."


serried: crowded or dense, pressed together.


The quotation is attributed to St. Chrysostom, A.D. 347-407, Archbishop of Constantinople, with reference to his views on women endorsed by church fathers: "a necessary evil, a natural temptation, a desirable calamity, a domestic peril, a deadly fascination, and a painted ill!"


All the world's a stage: See Jaques in Shakespeare's As You Like It, II, vii:

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.

as well as Antonio in The Merchant of Venice, I, i:

I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano;
A stage where every man must play a part,
And mine a sad one.


ineluctable: irresistible; impossible to avoid; inevitable.


put away childish things. From 1 Corinthians 13:11: "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things."


The epigraph is from Mathew 13: 2-3.


The quotations are from line 90 and lines 139-40 of William Wordsworth's "Laodamia," c. 1813-1814.


slings and arrows: from Hamlet's famous soliloquy in III, i:

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?


For men must work: Attributed to Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), The Three Fishers.


Unkindest cut of all. The allusion is to Antony's funeral oration for Caesar in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. He tells the citizens that Brutus delivered the "most unkindest cut of all."


In the original, the close-quotation mark at end of paragraph has no corresponding open quotation mark. For this edition, the phrase "Votes for Women" is set off by the pair of quotation marks.


In the printed text, this lead-in sentence is inset and run in with the block quotation following. It has been adjusted to conform with block quotation style.


The three inset paragraphs on this page are not inset in the printed text, but are formatted in a manner to conform to block quotations elsewhere.


Footnote: The Dodd Mead copytext has "March 7, 1911" as the date, a misprint for 1912 that is corrected in this on-line edition.


and 302. Inset paragraphs of direct quotation at bottom of this page and on page 302 are not inset in the original. The change is made to conform to style established elsewhere, on pages 77-78.


It appears that a typographical misprint has left off the close-quotation mark after ship.


Robins has quoted Gladstone's reference to violence in a previous chapter, "The Prisoner's Banquet." To page 31.


"Prim little scholars . . . if they please," from lines 97-98 of George Meredith's "Love in the Valley," originally 1851.

Table of Contents for Way Stations

Available on the web since July 1999