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‘As a Tale That is Told’ Extract 36 Page 123-124

Emmeline in Prison

In October 1906, Emmeline was arrested and sent to Holloway for the first time. The strain of the previous campaign and the shock to an extremely sensitive nature was too much for her and her release was ordered by a doctor who spoke very seriously of her health. Fred went to Holloway and brought her straight


to me. Although the time of separation had been short I should scarcely have known her, such havoc had prison made in her appearance. She was haggard, almost dazed and the most fastidious of women, she had soiled hands and dishevelled hair. It was thus we women began to understand what humanity has to suffer under a system devised by men for the punishment of wrong-doers and reformation of the evil. It can very safely be asserted that there is nothing remedial in cruelty, no reformation where decent cleanliness is impossible, where sunshine and fresh air are barred out, where body and mind and soul are starved…


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‘As a Tale That is Told’ Extract 36 Page 123-124