Hillary Clinton has laid bare her disappointment at her election defeat to Donald Trump in her first public appearance since she lost a week ago.
The Democratic candidate said in a speech in Washington DC that she had never wanted to leave the house again.
She told a children's charity that the election had prompted soul-searching for many Americans.
Mrs Clinton won the popular vote but was beaten to the presidency in the all-important US electoral college.
"Now I will admit coming here tonight wasn't the easiest thing for me," she said as she was honoured by the Children's Defense Fund.
"There have been a few times this past week when all I wanted to do was to curl up with a good book and never leave the house again."