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INAUGURAL ADDRESS                          59

her time and strength to remunerative work. The home itself"
assumes the gentle feminine attributes of the domestic housewife.
The day may come when the tenant, having given to the proprietor
of the house a certain sum, shall receive in return whatever is
necessary to the comfort of life; in other words, the administration
shall become the steward of the family.

The house, thus considered, tends to assume in its evolution
a significance more exalted than even the English word " home "'
expresses. It does not consist of walls alone, though these walls
be the pure and shining guardians of that intimacy which is the
sacred symbol of the family. The home shall become more than
this. It lives! It has a soul. It may be said to embrace its inmates
with the tender, consoling arms of woman. It is the giver of moral
life, of blessings; it cares for, it educates and feeds the little ones..
Within it, the tired workman shall find rest and newness of life.
He shall find there the intimate life of the family and its happiness.
The new woman, like the butterfly coming forth from the chry-
salis, shall be liberated from all those attributes which once made
her desirable to man only as a source of the material blessings-
of existence. She shall be, like man, an individual, a free human
being, a social worker; and, like man, she shall seek blessing and
repose within the house, the house which has been refonned and
socialized.

She shall wish to be loved for herself and not as a giyer of'
comfort and repose only. She shall wish a love free from every
form of servile labour. The goal of human love is not the
egotistical end of assuring its own satisfaction—it is the sublime
goal of multiplying the forces of the free spirit, making it almost
divine, and, within such beauty and light, perpetuating the species..
This ideal love is made incarnate by Frederick Nietzsche, in
the woman of Zarathustra, who conscientiously wished her son to
be better than she. " Why do you desire me? " she asks the .man.
" Perhaps because of the perils of a solitary life? "

" In that case go far from me.   I wish the man who has con-
quered himself, who has made his soul great.   I wish the man who-