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I aimed my Pebble — but Myself
Was all the one that fell —
Was it Goliath — was too large —
Or was myself — too small?

“At times I’ve read these lines as a reflection on women’s writing, at times as a symbol of any female venture,” Ferrante notes. “I wish all Emilys not to be small by nature, I wish they would just try, and try again, and so become large.”