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Appendix: A Remarkable Woman

Home Again:

I was rebellious about religion. In our home it was forced upon you in large, furious helps. The miserableness of continuously sprawling across doubled-over ladies, with their noses on the seats of their chairs, and their praying knees down on our carpets, annoyed me. You never knew in which room or at what hour.
The Y.W.C.A. was just beginning in Victoria; my sisters were among its founders, and enthusiastic over the concern. As the society had, as yet, no headquarters, they used to come to our house to pray. I was always bursting in on them. The knocked-over-ones glowered, and, over their horizontal backs, my sister's eyes shot fire at me. She hung on to her prayer voice till afterwards—and then—! (p. 106)

Cariboo Gold:

My sister owned a beautiful mare which she permitted me to ride. On the mare, astride as I had ridden in the Cariboo, my sheep-dog following, I went into the woods. No woman had ridden cross-saddle before in Victoria! Victoria was shocked! My family sighed. Carrs had always conformed; they believed in what always has been continuing always to be. Cross-saddle! Why, everyone disappointed! Too bad, instead of England gentling me into an English Miss with nice ways I was more me than ever, just pure me. (p. 248)


I asked Mr. Gibb's advice [William Phelan "Harry" Gibb was an English artist working in Paris at the time] as to where I should study. "Colarossi," he replied. "At Colarossi's men and women students work together. At Julien's the classes are separate. It is often a distinct advantage for women students to see the stronger work of men."—Mr. Gibb had not a high opinion of the work of women artists.
The first month at Colarossi's was hard. There was no other woman in the class; there was not one word of my own language spoken. The French professor gabbled and gesticulated before my easel—passed on. I did not know whether he had praised or condemned. I missed women; there was not even a woman model." (p. 264)

Emily Carr, Growing Pains: The Autobiography of Emily Carr. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2005.