Vamos juntos. Me detengo, pero no me estaciono; me poso, no me fijo. La criatura era como vela encendida por los dos cabos, que se consume en breves instantes. Era letra de ella: eran sus queridas cartas. Entre la numerosa parentela de Don Juan -que, dicho sea de paso, es hidalgo como el rey- se cuentan unas primitas provincianas muy celebradas de hermosas.
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Her father, believing in the intellectual equality of men and women,  provided her with the best education possible, inspiring her life-long love for literature. She was fascinated by books about the French revolution. Her family would spend their winters in Madrid, where Emilia attended a French school sponsored by the Royal Family,  and where she was introduced to the work of La Fontaine and Jean Racine.
Her frequent visits to France would prove to be especially useful later in her life by helping her connect with the literary world of Europe and become familiar with important authors like Victor Hugo. She refused to follow the rules that limited women to just learning about music and home economics. She received formal education on all types of subjects, with an emphasis on the humanities and languages. She became fluent in French, English, and German.
She was not permitted to attend college. Women were forbidden to study science and philosophy, but she became familiar with those subjects by reading and talking with friends of her father. The following year, , saw the outbreak of the Glorious Revolution , resulting in the deposition of Queen Isabella II and awakening in Emilia an interest in politics. She is believed to have taken an active part in the underground campaign against Amadeo I of Spain and, later, against the republic.
She also published her first book of poems in the same year, entitled Jaime in honor of her newborn son. This was followed by a series of articles in La Ciencia cristiana, a highly orthodox Roman Catholic magazine, edited by Juan Orti y Lara. She was encouraged by its success and, two years later, she published Un viaje de novios A Honeymoon Trip , in which an incipient interest in French naturalism can be observed, causing something of a sensation at the time.
Yet perhaps its most abiding merit lies in its depiction of country life, the poetic realization of Galician scenery portrayed in an elaborate, colourful style. In this year her reputation as a novelist reached its highest point. She also began to intervene in political journalism as well as fighting for the right of women to social and intellectual emancipation. Thus, around , her work evolved towards greater symbolism and spiritualism. In she published a play entitled Verdad Truth , better known for its boldness than for its dramatic qualities.
In , she participated in a conference organized by The Free Educational Institution, and openly criticized the education received by the Spanish women, in which values like passivity, obedience and submission to their husbands were relentlessly promoted.
In she was appointed to the Senate but never formally took up her seat. Much to her frustration, she was repeatedly refused a seat at the Spanish Royal Academy , purely on the grounds of her gender.
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