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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

I will now allude to some of the duties which will devolve upon you as 

a wife; and recollect that it is on the faithful discharge of these 

duties that your happiness, here and hereafter, mainly depends. All 

labor is honorable, and you know who it is that says, "My Father 

worketh hitherto, and I work." Being married, you must make your 

husband feel 

 

 

"THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME." 

 

His business will probably take him from home most of the day, and it 

should be your care, as I doubt not it will be your delight, to see to 

his comfort, both before he starts and when he returns. It may 

sometimes happen in his fighting the battle of life that he has to 

encounter much that is unpleasant, and he may return home depressed. 

You will then have to cheer him, and be assured no one can do it so 

effectually, so pleasantly--aye, and so easily--as yourself. 

 

It is not to sweep the house, and make the bed, and darn the socks, 

and cook the meals, chiefly, that a man wants a wife. If this is all 

that he needs, hired help can do it cheaper than a wife. If this is 

all, when a young man calls to see a young lady, send him to the 

pantry to taste the bread and cake she has made. Send him to inspect 

the needlework and bedmaking; or put a broom into her hands and send 

him to witness its use. _Such things are important_, and the wise 

young man will quietly look after them. But what a true man most wants 

of a true wife is her companionship, sympathy, courage, and love. The 

way of life has many dreary places in it, and a man needs a companion 

to go with him. A man is sometimes overtaken with misfortune; he meets 

with failure and defeat; trials and temptations beset him; and he 

needs one to stand by and sympathize. He has some stern battles to 

fight with poverty, with enemies, and with sin; and he needs a woman 

that, while he puts his arm around her and feels that he has something 

to fight for, will help him fight; that will put her lips to his ear 

and whisper words of counsel, and her hands to his heart and impart 

new inspirations. All through life--through storm and through 

sunshine, conflict and victory, and through adverse and favoring 

winds--man needs a woman's love. The heart yearns for it. A sister's 

or a mother's love will hardly supply the need. Yet many seek for 

nothing further than success in housework. Justly enough, half of 

these get nothing more; the other half, surprised beyond measure, have 

got more than they sought. Their wives surprise them by bringing a 

nobler idea of marriage, and disclosing a treasury of courage, 

sympathy, and love. 

 

And I would here caution you against giving way to little 

misunderstandings in early married life. Sometimes trifling matters, 

for want of some forbearance or concession on one side on the other, 

perhaps on both sides, accumulate into serious results. These 

differences might be avoided by married partners studying each other's 


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