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OCR English Language Non Fiction Reading Anthology | Sport and Entertainment

pdodd | Friday January 01, 2016

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Crime and Punishment

19th Century Extracts

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Towards the end of the nineteenth century, cycling became much more popular. Although it was unusual, some women also began to cycle. In her book, `A Wheel within a Wheel`, Frances Willard writes about why and how she learned to ride a bicycle.

Not a single friend encouraged me to learn to ride the bicycle except a young schoolteacher who came several times with her bike and gave me lessons. But at fifty-three I was at more disadvantage than most people, for not only had I the problems that result from the unnatural style of dress, but I also suffered from a lack of exercise. Those who loved me best, and who considered themselves largely responsible for me, did not encourage me, but thought I should, ” break my bones ” and “spoil my future.” It must be said, however, to their everlasting praise, that they raised no objection when they saw that I was firmly set to do this thing;

Many doctors are now coming to regard the bicycle as beneficial to the health of women as well as of men and I agree entirely with them. One doctor said: “As an exercise, bicycling is superior to most, if not all, other activities. It takes one into the outdoor air; it is entirely under control; can be made gentle or...


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