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My intention to lecture is as vague as my intention is to go on the stage. I will never consider an offer to lecture, not because I despise the vocation, but because I have no desire to appear on the public rostrum.
Let me but make a beginning, let me but strike the world in a vulnerable spot, and I can take it by storm.
Just why I sent it to the publishers would be hard to say, but when I had finished it I felt that it was literature, because it is real and because it was well written. And I know that the world wants such things.
It is with pain that I read of the dire effects of my book upon the minds of young girls.
I've never made plans for more than a day ahead.
I would rather be a fairly happy wife and mother.
I was born to be alone, and I always shall be; but now I want to be.
I want to write such things as compel the admiring acclamation of the world at large, such things as are written but once in years, things subtle but distinctly different from the books written every day.
I want to live quietly.
I want fame more than I can tell. But more than I want fame I want happiness.
I read of the Kalamazoo girl who killed herself after reading the book. I am not at all surprised. She lived in Kalamazoo, for one thing, and then she read the book.
I never give my real self. I have a hundred sides, and I turn first one way and then the other. I am playing a deep game. I have a number of strong cards up my sleeve. I have never been myself, excepting to two friends.
I love devils.
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