We shall never sheath the sword which we have not lightly drawn until
Belgium recovers in full measure all and more than all
that she has sacrificed, until France is adequatelyassured
against the menace of aggression, until the rights of
the smaller nationalities of Europe are placed upon an
unassailable foundation and until the military domination
of Prussia is wholly and finally destroyed. Asquith Speech at the Guildhall, London, 9 Nov.
Securitycan only be obtained bya scheme by whichthe nations of Europe
and outside agree together that all will guarantee each, and
each will guarantee all. The purposes ofthewar will be attained
ifthereisa League of Nations with an
absolute and decisive veto upon any mere aggression,
and consideration of any legitimate claims that any of
the countries engaged in the war may be able to make
good. Hastings Bernard Lees-Smith House of Commons, 21 Oct.
But thisnovel wasnot a trumpet for Women's Liberation. It described many
female emotions of aggression, hostility,
resentment. It put them into print. Apparently what many women
were thinking, feeling, experiencing came as a great
surprise. Doris May ne e Tayler Lessing The Golden Notebook, preface to new edition.