King Lear summary
King Lear long quote – Act 1, Scene 4, Lines 268 – 283
It may be so, my lord.
Hear, nature, hear; dear goddess, hear!
Suspend thy purpose, if thou didst intend
To make this creature fruitful!
Into her womb convey sterility!
Dry up in her the organs of increase;
And from her derogate body never spring
A babe to honour her! If she must teem,
Create her child of spleen; that it may live,
And be a thwart disnatured torment to her!
Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth;
With cadent tears fret channels in her cheeks;
Turn all her mother's pains and benefits
To laughter and contempt; that she may feel
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is
To have a thankless child! Away, away!
Ah, dear Nature, my goddess, listen to me!
Change your plans if you ever intended for this woman to have children.
Make her sterile and dry up her womb so that no baby will ever come out of her body and honor her.
If she must give birth, make her child a bad seed who will torment her, give her a forehead wrinkled with worry,
make her cry until her cheeks are sunken. Let it be a wicked child who mocks the mother who cares for it.
Make my daughter feel—make her feel how an ungrateful child hurts worse than a snakebite.—
Now let’s leave. Go!
The Tempest summary
Journey-and-Destination blog - Carol's take on chapter 2, which pointed me to French Maternal Schools
French Maternal Schools -
-see page 17 of this PDF for a chart for attendance and ages
-see page 14 for a brief history of maternal schools
-see page 21 for a brief description of current maternity leave arrangements
US Maternity Leave -
The United States is one of 2 other countries that are members of the 185-member OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) that do not offer any form of pay during maternity leave.
Pew Research article
-12 weeks unpaid leave
-Get basically your same job back
-Have worked at that company at least 25 hrs/week for 12 months
-Company has 50+ employees
Child soldiers in the Middle East - quote "For us [Islamic State], we believe that this generation of children is the generation of the Caliphate…the right doctrine has been implanted into these children. All of them love to fight for the sake of building the Islamic State.”
Blood Diamond (wiki)
Lycurgus of Sparta (wiki)
For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same