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Thus, Florence Introduction 25 Kelley wrote to Gilman: " 'Ms. "20 Addams also wrote to Gilman. She deemed Women and Economics a "masterpiece" and announced that "it put perfectly clearly many things which I have been fumbling after" (Addams, in Sklar 1995: 305). 21 During the year of 1898—and earlier in 1895,1896, and 1897—Gilman spent the time around the Christmas season in Chicago and near HullHouse. This emotionally-charged holiday time (Deegan 1989) provided Gilman with a "home" where she repeatedly returned.
On 23 January, for example, she went to the: Woman's Club meeting—Miss Anthony & Miss Shaw spoke. " All seem glad to see me. Go to Hull House to dinner. Settlement Federation meeting—dull, but I was glad to see them all at it. (Gilman 1994, II: 656)18 24 With Her in Ourland During these months, Gilman (M. A. Hill 1995, 201) "for the most p a r t . . " O n 3 February, Gilman began living with Mrs. Marietta Dow in Chicago. Jennie Dow, Mrs. Dow's daughter, worked at Hull-House, where Addams and Jennie Dow became close friends (Addams 1932).
Geddes and his student, Arthur Thompson, wrote about sex, however, in their influential text The Evolution of Sex (Geddes and Thompson 1889) and employed a social Darwinist model to interpret Victorian gendered behavior. The book borders on the inane, but it was nonetheless a major inspiration for Gilman in Women and Economics. At the cellular level, argued Geddes and Thompson (1889:44-45), male cells dissipated energy in a "katabolic" pattern whereas female cells exhibited abundant supplies of energy in a conservative "anabolic" pattern.