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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

empire of thought itself." Through their silent expressions the mind 

reveals its workings to the external world in signs more rapid and as 

palpable as those uttered by the tongue. It is "the eyes alone that 

stamp the face with the outward symbol of animation and vitality," and 

which endue it with the visible "sanctity of reason." The eye is, 

indeed, the chief and most speaking feature of the face, and the one 

on whose excellence, more than any other, its beauty depends. 

 

Theories have been based on even the peculiar color of the eyes. Thus, 

it is said that dark blue eyes are found chiefly in persons of 

delicate, refined or effeminate mental character; light blue eyes, and 

more particularly gray eyes, in the hardy and active; hazel eyes, in 

the masculine, vigorous, and profound; black eyes, in those whose 

energy is of a desultory or remittent character, and who exhibit 

fickleness in pursuits and affection. Greenish eyes, it is asserted, 

have the same general meaning as gray eyes, with the addition of 

selfishness or a sinistrous disposition. These statements, however, 

though based on some general truths, and supported by popular opinion, 

are liable to so many exceptions as to be unreliable and valueless in 

their individual applications. 

 

Shakespeare is said to have had hazel eyes; Swift, blue eyes; Milton, 

Scott, and Byron, gray eyes. Wellington and Napoleon are also said to 

have had gray eyes. 

 

A beautiful eye is one that is full, clear, and brilliant; appropriate 

in color to the complexion, and in form to the features, and of which 

the connected parts--the eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows, which, with 

it, in a general view of the subject, collectively form the external 

eye--are also beautiful, and in keeping with it. 

 

To increase the beauty and expression of the eyes, various means are 

occasionally had recourse to, nearly all of which, except those herein 

mentioned in connection with the eyelashes and eyebrows, are not 

merely highly objectionable, but even dangerous. Thus, some 

fashionable ladies and actresses, to enhance the clearness and 

brilliancy of their eyes before appearing in public, are in the habit 

of exposing them to air slightly impregnated with the vapor of prussic 

acid. This is done by placing a single drop of the dilute acid at the 

bottom of an eyecup or eyeglass, and then holding the cup or glass 

against the eye for a few seconds, with the head in an inclined 

position. It has also been asserted, and I believe correctly, that 

certain ladies of the demimonde rub a very small quantity of 

belladonna ointment on the brow over each eye, or moisten the same 

part with a few drops of tincture of belladonna. This produces 

dilation of the pupil, and gives that peculiar fullness and an 

expression of languor to the eyes which, by some, is regarded as 

exceedingly fascinating. The use of these active medicinals in this 


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