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THE LADIES' BOOK OF USEFUL INFORMATION. Preface
CONTENTS
PERSONAL BEAUTY-1
PERSONAL BEAUTY-2
PERSONAL BEAUTY-3
PERSONAL BEAUTY-4
PERSONAL BEAUTY-5
PERSONAL BEAUTY-6
PERSONAL BEAUTY-7
TREATING OF MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS-1
MARRIAGE-1
MARRIAGE-2
MARRIAGE-3
LOVE AND MARRIAGE-1
WHEN TO MARRY-HOW TO SELECT A PARTNER ON RIGHT PRINCIPLES
SEXUAL INTERCOURSE-ITS LAWS AND CONDITIONS-ITS USE AND ABUSE
MARRIAGE
PREGNANCY-LABOR-PARTURITION-1
PREGNANCY-LABOR-PARTURITION-2
MENSTRUATION
COLLECTION OF VALUABLE MEDICAL COMPOUNDS
THINGS FOR THE SICK ROOM
THINGS CURIOUS AND USEFUL
HOME DECORATION
FLORAL
HOW TO DO YOUR OWN STAMPING AND MAKE YOUR OWN PATTERNS. BRONZE WORK
CHAPTER 18
INDEX
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES. INTRODUCTION
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-1
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-2
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-3
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-4
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-5
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-6
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-7
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-8

 

 

 

CHAPTER III. 

 

A SPECIAL CHAPTER FOR YOUNG WOMEN. 

 

 

MARRIAGE. 

 

Advice upon this subject is very much needed. I am assured that it is 

a subject not often talked of in families--at least, as it ought to 

be--nor is it much alluded to in the pulpit, and the result is that 

young people commonly get their notions about it from those only a 

little older than themselves, and who therefore know but little more 

than they do, or from those who form their opinions from the abuse 

they see of it and so hold degrading and unworthy ideas respecting it. 

Sometimes all that is known about it amounts to this, that it is a 

delightful thing to be married. 

 

It is quite true that it often is, and always ought to be, delightful; 

still, you know it is frequently the reverse. You cannot, then, be too 

cautious in the matter. 

 

Nothing can be more orderly, right, proper, and holy than marriage. It 

is not, however, quite so simple an affair as you may fancy. Every 

good thing (and this is one of the best) requires some effort to 

obtain it, and unless you take the right course you must not expect to 

succeed. 

 

You may often see a young woman who, from not entertaining correct 

views on the point, is certainly taking a wrong course, her endeavors 

being rather to make what she considers a good match than by acquiring 

kind and orderly habits to qualify herself to become worthy of a 

worthy husband. 

 

That the best things are liable to the greatest abuses is notorious, 

and from the lamentable fact that marriage is often abused we may 

fairly infer its pre-eminent worth. In truth, there is nothing more 

valuable. It is, then, highly injurious to entertain low notions 

respecting it, and men who indulge in loose conversation on the 

subject are likely at the same time to think meanly of women. Beware 

of them, and if you hear them expressing such opinions in your 

presence, withdraw from them at once as unworthy of your company. 

Never fear but they will respect you the more for the rebuke. 

 

Of course you are looking forward to settling happily, and will do 

your best for that purpose. On this let me remark that all happiness 

(that is, all that is genuine, and therefore worthy of the name) comes 

from connection with the one great source of all good, and He has 

freely and fully provided all the means necessary for our being happy, 

both here and hereafter. He has placed each of us where it is best for 

us to be, and in the circumstances that are best for us at the time, 

and this applies to you and to me now. Howsoever much appearances may 

be to the contrary, He cares as much for each of us as if we were the 

sole objects of His care. It is only by doing our duty in humble 

dependence on His assistance, which He never withholds, that we can be 

happy. It behooves you, then, to consider well what is your duty, in 


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