“A woman cannot do the things she ought, which means whatever perfect thing she can, in life, in art, in science, but fears to let the perfect action take her part and rest there: she must prove what she can do before she does it.” –Quote from Elizabeth Barrette Browning
Elizabeth’s life was not what one would consider easy. Elizabeth Barrette was only at the tender age of 10 when she was reading William Shakespeare; she was a self-taught student, and a brilliant one at that. She read the Old Testament in Hebrew, the histories of Rome, and England, also some of Pope's Homeric translations.
Elizabeth thought “I am of natural ill health.” At the age of 13, even though the bad health did not show up till she was 15. She started to suffer from a mysterious illness, she felt as if there were a cord tied around her stomach. Now some believe she was saddling the horse and some incident happened causing Elizabeth to suffered a spine injury, and that was the reason for the subscribed opium. Others say that a blood vessel popped in her lungs leaving her with a cornice cough and lead her to also feel very weak, maybe that was the reason for the opium? Many say both happed so what if that’s the reason for the opium . The fact is; none will truly ever know.
The injury’s itself was not documented, somehow, injury’s or not, she became addicted to opium “Opium – opium – opium-night after night! – and some evenings even opium won't do" Elizabeth confessions. With her farther losing his wealth that he made from Jamaican sugar plantations, and her mother worsening with in every day, she felt as though life itself had given up on her.
Opium is highly addictive, it’s an bitter yellow-brownish narcotic drug. It contains codeine, nicotine, morphine, and many other alkaloids. Morphine reliefs the severe pain, laudanum is to promote sleep, paregoric stops diarrhea and codeine helps the coughing. Opium was banned from the U.S in 1914, it was so strong that some addicts replaced the opium in for cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other illegal drugs.
A year after Elizabeth’s vessel popped her mother died, pushing Elizabeth into a deeper depression, but at age 26 she still tried to hold her head up high. Ten short years later her beloved brother drowned and died in the Babbacomebe Bay while Elizabeth was living in London.
“I am so alone.” Elizabeth wrote “My brother and mother were the only people who believed in me. It is as if I am feeling dead before death.”
She felt responsible for his death, she wanted him to be there for her. The result of her favorite brother and much loved mother dyeing was one that took an huge impact on ...