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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

themselves and not enough for others. But, on the other hand, it not 

infrequently happens, when a woman is left, and sees that the support 

and welfare of herself and children depend on her own exertions, she 

is enabled to so successfully put forth her energies and to employ her 

talents which, till she needed them, she hardly knew she possessed, as 

to surprise both herself and the most sanguine of her friends. 

 

Now, it must be confessed that we are fallen creatures, and therefore 

prone to evil. We are consequently always in danger of going wrong 

and forming bad habits, but our Heavenly Father watches over us at all 

times and gives us power to "refuse the evil and choose the good." We 

are, I know full well, too much inclined to yield to evil influences; 

still, as we always have divine aid if we implore it, I am not sure 

that, on the whole, it is not as easy to acquire good habits as bad 

ones. This much is certain, that whichever we acquire, they are likely 

to remain with us and are not easily to be got rid of. 

 

Among the subjects deserving attention as affecting our happiness is 

one on which, perhaps, I am not entitled to say much. I refer to 

dress. Now, I hold it to be a duty for people to dress well--that is, 

according to their position, means, and age; and this not so much for 

their own sakes as for the sake of giving pleasure to others. It is, I 

admit, difficult to determine how much of one's income should be 

devoted to dress, but I think few will deny that at present dress 

occupies too much time, attention, and money. For my own part, I 

confess I am most affected by female dress, and although certainly I 

like to see women well dressed, and would rather see them a little too 

fine than slovenly, I am often pained at witnessing the extravagance 

and, to me, ridiculous taste exhibited. Whenever I see a handsome and 

expensive dress trailing in the dirt, I regard it as culpable waste 

and in bad taste, and when I see it accidentally trodden on I am not 

sorry. I am inclined to believe that many women can hardly find time 

or opportunity to perform any useful duty; they have quite as much as 

they, poor things, can do to take care of their dress. I also believe 

(and this is the serious point of the matter) that many a young man is 

deterred from soliciting a maiden in marriage by knowing that his 

means would not enable him to let her dress as he is accustomed to see 

her, and this is doubtless one of the many reasons why so many of both 

sexes remain unmarried. I hold, too, that whatever forms an obstacle 

to marriage has a tendency at the same time to obstruct the entrance 

to heaven. 

 

 


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