Black Lamb Grey Falcon

on 20 August 2009

Her question reminded me that the word "idiot" comes from the Greek root meaning private person. Idiocy is the female defect: intent on their private lives, women follow their fate through a darkness deep as that cast by malformed cells in the brain. It is no worse than the male defect, which is lunacy: they are so obsessed by public affairs that they see the world as by moonlight, which shows the outlines of every object but not the details invective of their natures.

  • Rebecca West