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The Consolations Of Spinsterhood The Consolations Of Spinsterhood

The Consolations Of Spinsterhood
(Sidenote: "A Great Miration") The attached members of the community are wont to make what Uncle Remus called "a great miration," when a woman deliberately chooses spinsterhood as her lot in life, rather than marriage. There is an implied pity in their delicate inquiries, and always the insinuation that the spinster in question could never have had an offer of marriage. The husband of the lady leading the inquisition may have been one of the spinster's first admirers, but it is never safe to say so, for so simple a thing as this has been known to cause trouble in families.... Essays - Post by : commocheck - Date : November 2011 - Author : Myrtle Reed - Read : 1393

Widowers And Widows Widowers And Widows

Widowers And Widows
Next to burglars, mice, and green worms, every normal girl fears a widow. Courtships have been upset and expected proposals have vanished into thin air, simply because a widow has come into the game. There is only one thing to do in such a case; retreat gracefully, and leave the field to her. (Sidenote: The Charm) A widow's degree of blandishment is conservatively estimated at twenty-five spinster power. At almost every session of spinsters, the question comes up for discussion. It is difficult to see just where the charm lies. A widow has, of course, a superior knowledge of ways and... Essays - Post by : terrydean - Date : November 2011 - Author : Myrtle Reed - Read : 2512

The Physiology Of Vanity The Physiology Of Vanity

The Physiology Of Vanity
(Sidenote: Conceit and Vanity) "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity!" It is the common human emotion, the root of the personal equation, the battling residuum in the last analysis of social chemistry. There is a wide difference between conceit and vanity. Conceit is lovable and unconcealed; vanity is supreme selfishness, usually hidden. Conceit is based upon an unselfish desire to please; vanity takes no thought of others which is not based upon egotism. Vanity and jealousy are closely allied, while conceit is a natural development of altruistic virtue. Conceit is the mildest of vices; vanity is the worst. Men are usually... Essays - Post by : empower - Date : November 2011 - Author : Myrtle Reed - Read : 1322

An Inquiry Into Marriage An Inquiry Into Marriage

An Inquiry Into Marriage
(Sidenote: Like a Grape) Marriage appears to be somewhat like a grape. People swallow a great deal of indifferent good for the sake of the lurking bit of sweetness and never know until it is too late whether the venture was wise. Chaucer compared it to a crowded church. Those left on the outside are eager to get in, and those caught inside are straining every nerve to get out. There are many, in this year of grace, who have safely made their escape, but, unfortunately, the happy ones inside say little about it, and do not seem anxious to get... Essays - Post by : svisj - Date : November 2011 - Author : Myrtle Reed - Read : 2805

Love Letters: Old And New Love Letters: Old And New

Love Letters: Old And New
(Sidenote: The Average Love Letter) The average love letter is sufficient to make a sensitive spinster weep, unless she herself is in love and the letter be addressed to her. The first stage of the tender passion renders a man careless as to his punctuation, the second seriously affects his spelling, and in the last period of the malady, his grammar develops locomotor ataxia. The single blessedness of school-teachers is largely to be attributed to this cause. A real love letter is absolutely ridiculous to everyone except the writer and the recipient. A composition, which repeats the same term of endearment... Essays - Post by : homebizfanatic - Date : November 2011 - Author : Myrtle Reed - Read : 2882

The Natural History Of Proposals The Natural History Of Proposals

The Natural History Of Proposals
(Sidenote: The Inquiring Spinster) There is no subject which presents more difficulties to the inquiring spinster. Contemporary spinsters, when approached upon the topic, are anything but encouraging; apparently lacking the ability to distinguish between impertinent intrusion into their personal affairs and the scientific spirit which prompts the collection of statistics. Married women, when asked to repeat the exact language of the lover at the happy moment, are wont to transfix the sensitive aspirant for knowledge with lofty scorn. Mothers are accustomed to dissemble and say they "have forgotten." Men in general are uncommunicative, though occasionally some rare soul will expand under... Essays - Post by : joekumar2003 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Myrtle Reed - Read : 3601

The Lost Art Of Courtship The Lost Art Of Courtship

The Lost Art Of Courtship
(Sidenote: Liberty of Choice) Civilisation is so acutely developed at present that the old meaning of courtship is completely lost. None of the phenomena which precede a proposal would be deemed singular or out of place in a platonic friendship. This state of affairs gives a man every advantage and all possible liberty of choice. Our grandparents are scandalised at modern methods. "Girls never did so," in the distant years when those dear people were young. If a young man called on grandmother once a week, and she approved of him and his prospects, she began on her household linen, without... Essays - Post by : javabuddha - Date : November 2011 - Author : Myrtle Reed - Read : 2122

The Philosophy Of Love The Philosophy Of Love

The Philosophy Of Love
(Sidenote: The Prevailing Theme) A modern novelist has greatly lamented because the prevailing theme of fiction is love. Every story is a love story, every romance finds its inspiration in the heart, and even the musty tomes of history are beset by the little blind god. One or two men have dared to write books from which women have been excluded as rigorously as from the Chinese stage, but the world of readers has not loudly clamoured for more of the same sort. A story of adventure loses none of its interest if there is some fair damsel to be rescued... Essays - Post by : ozchris - Date : November 2011 - Author : Myrtle Reed - Read : 2134

Concerning Women Concerning Women

Concerning Women
In order to be happy, a woman needs only a good digestion, a satisfactory complexion, and a lover. The first requirement being met, the second is not difficult to obtain, and the third follows as a matter of course. (Sidenote: Nagging) He was a wise philosopher who first considered crime as disease, for women are naturally sweet-tempered and charming. The shrew and the scold are to be reformed only by a physician, and as for nagging, is it not allopathic scolding in homeopathic doses? A well woman is usually a happy one, and incidentally, those around her share her content. The... Essays - Post by : johnedgley - Date : November 2011 - Author : Myrtle Reed - Read : 2836

Notes On Men Notes On Men

Notes On Men
(Sidenote: "The Proper Study") If "the proper study of mankind is man," it is also the chief delight of woman. It is not surprising that men are conceited, since the thought of the entire population is centred upon them. Women are wont to consider man in general as a simple creation. It is not until the individual comes into the field of the feminine telescope, and his peculiarities are thrown into high relief, that he is seen and judged at his true value. When a girl once turns her attention from the species to the individual, her parlour becomes a sort... Essays - Post by : Carmelo - Date : November 2011 - Author : Myrtle Reed - Read : 1847

Consecration Consecration

Consecration
Cathedral spire and lofty architrave, Nor priestly rite and humble reverence, Nor costly fires of myrrh and frankincense May give the consecration that we crave; Upon the shore where tides forever lave With grateful coolness on the fevered sense; Where passion grows to silence, rapt, intense, There waits the chrismal fountain of the wave. By rock-hewn altars where is said no word, Save by the... Poems - Post by : fmetx - Date : November 2011 - Author : Myrtle Reed - Read : 3400

Quaint Old Christmas Customs Quaint Old Christmas Customs

Quaint Old Christmas Customs
Compared with the celebrations of our ancestors, the modern Christmas becomes a very hurried thing. The rush of the twentieth century forbids twelve days of celebration, or even two. Paterfamilias considers himself very indulgent if he gives two nights and a day to the annual festival, because, forsooth, "the office needs him!" One by one the quaint old customs have vanished. We still have the Christmas tree, evergreens in our houses and churches, and the yawning stocking still waits in many homes for the good St. Nicholas. But what is poor Santa Claus to do when the chimney leads to the... Essays - Post by : LisaB1126 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Myrtle Reed - Read : 1518

The Man Behind The Gun The Man Behind The Gun

The Man Behind The Gun
Now let the eagle flap his wings And let the cannon roar, For while the conquering bullet sings We pledge the commodore. First battle of a righteous war Right royally he won, But here's a health to the jolly tar-- To the man behind the gun! Now praise be to the flag-ship's spars-- To the... Poems - Post by : kongu - Date : November 2011 - Author : Myrtle Reed - Read : 3471

Writing A Book Writing A Book

Writing A Book
Having written a few small books which have been published by a reputable house, and which have been pleasantly received by both the press and the public, and having just completed another which I devoutly pray may meet the same fate, I feel that I may henceforth deem myself an author. I have been considered such for some time among my numerous acquaintances ever since I made my literary bow with a short story in a literary magazine, years and years ago. Being of the feminine persuasion, I am usually presented to strangers as "an authoress." It is at these times... Essays - Post by : vodanh - Date : November 2011 - Author : Myrtle Reed - Read : 3272

To Dorothy To Dorothy

To Dorothy
There's a sleepy look in your violet eyes, So the sails of our ship we'll unfurl, And turn the prow to the Land of Rest, My dear little Dorothy girl. Twilight is coming soon, little one, The sheep have gone to the fold; See! where our white sails bend and dip In the sunset glow of gold. The roses nod to... Poems - Post by : netservices - Date : November 2011 - Author : Myrtle Reed - Read : 1543

The Technique Of The Short Story The Technique Of The Short Story

The Technique Of The Short Story
An old rule for those who would be well-dressed says: "When you have finished, go to the mirror and see what you can take off." The same rule applies with equal force to the short story: "When you have written it out, go over it carefully, and see what you can take out." Besides being the best preparation for the writing of novels, short-story writing is undoubtedly, at the present time, the best paying and most satisfactory form of any ephemeral literary work. The qualities which make it successful are to be attained only by constant and patient practice. The real... Essays - Post by : designguy - Date : November 2011 - Author : Myrtle Reed - Read : 864

Maidens Of The Sea Maidens Of The Sea

Maidens Of The Sea
Far out in the ocean, deep and blue, Where the winds dance wild and free, In coral caves, dwells a beautiful band-- The maidens of the sea. There are stories old, of the mystic tide, And legends strange, of the deep, How the witching sound of the siren's song Can lull the tempest to sleep. When moonlight falls on a crystal... Poems - Post by : Troy_Trump - Date : November 2011 - Author : Myrtle Reed - Read : 1003

Women's Clothes In Men's Books Women's Clothes In Men's Books

Women's Clothes In Men's Books
When asked why women wrote better novels than men, Mr. Richard Le Gallienne is said to have replied, more or less conclusively, "They don't"; thus recalling Punch's famous advice to those about to marry. Happily there is no segregation in literature, and masculine and feminine hands alike may dabble in fiction, as long as the publishers are willing. If we accept Zola's dictum to the effect that art is nature seen through the medium of a temperament, the thing is possible to many, though the achievement may differ both in manner and degree. For women have temperament--too much of it--as the... Essays - Post by : Profit - Date : November 2011 - Author : Myrtle Reed - Read : 1726

Twilight Twilight

Twilight
The birds were hushed into silence, The clouds had sunk from sight, And the great trees bowed to the summer breeze That kissed the flowers good-night. The stars came out in the cool still air, From the mansions of the blest, And softly, over the dim blue hills, Night came to the world with rest.(The end)Myrtle Reed's poem: Twilight... Poems - Post by : avtar - Date : November 2011 - Author : Myrtle Reed - Read : 1079

The Rights Of Dogs The Rights Of Dogs

The Rights Of Dogs
We hear a great deal about the "rights of men" and still more, perhaps, about the "rights of women," but few stop to consider those which properly belong to the friend and companion of both--the dog. According to our municipal code, a dog must be muzzled from June 1st to September 30th. The wise men who framed this measure either did not know, or did not stop to consider, that a dog perspires and "cools off" only at his mouth. Man and the horse have tiny pores distributed all over the body, but in the dog they are found only in... Essays - Post by : MelBalingit - Date : November 2011 - Author : Myrtle Reed - Read : 2094