During the late 18th century, women focused increasingly on romance, family, and emotional fulfillment. They moved from visionary encounters with God to seek the ideal hero. Lovers, reversal of fortunes, even adventure all happened to women. Jane Austin and George Eliot offered a gentle, satirical perspective in their plots. Even when women became professionals, were more educated, and had successes, such as Jane Addams of Chicago's Hull House and birth control advocate Margaret Sanger, their stories were written in conditional tenses and the passive voice. Unlike Henry Morton Stanley, with his often bloody exploits searching for Dr. Livingston, Mary Kinsley, an African explorer, traveled alone by canoe accompanied by a few native crewmen. She supported herself by trading, and when she retired to the Cameroons, there was "no lament for comrades lost in the journey because her expedition had been entirely peaceful."