More on women travellers
Following on from my previous post, a word from George Eliot on the subject:
We women can't go in search of adventure - to find out the North-West Passage or the source of the Nile, or to hunt tigers in the East. We must stay where we grow, or where the gardeners like to transplant us. We are brought up like the flowers, to look as pretty as we can, and be dull without complaining. That is my notion about the plants: they are often bored, and that is the reason why some of them have got poisonous.
From Daniel Deronda, Book II, Chapter 13, p135 (Penguin).