From Jo’s Boys, a sequel to Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott:
Rob, Jo’s son, is reading his mother a letter from a fan of her books:
“‘Here’s a lady in England with seven girls, and she wishes to know your views upon education. Also, what careers they follow – the oldest being twelve. Don’t wonder she’s worried,'” laughed Rob.
‘I’ll try to answer it. But as I have no girls, my opinion isn’t worth much and will probably shock her, as I shall tell her to let them run and play and build up good stout bodies before she talks about careers. They will soon show what they want, if they are let alone, and not all run in the same mould.'”