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The Well Bred Woman

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The funny papers are never weary of descanting upon the flatteries of your society dame. "How are those beautifnl childreu? I shall never forget how sweet they looked when I peeped in at them in their nursery that day. And how is your precious mother? What a wonder she is! Everybody speaks of her 1 marvelous crazy quilts. And your hus band? All the men are talking about him. That speech of his at the club ; dinner took everybody by storm." And so on, ad nauseara. But it never gets to that point with the listener. "The one thing of which men never tire is the honeyed voice of approval." If, as Frederika Bremer says, "the great duty of life is not to give pain," your society dame is performing the great duty of life with admirable success. She not only does not give pain, but she bestows positive pleasure. Even to those who know that her words are meant only to smooth the passing moment and must not be taken too seriously her little "euphuisms" are grateful. Among the better class of well bred people cornpliments are not "laid on with a shovel" nor "dragged in by the hair." They flow easily, for they are the result of a lifetime of effort to make one's self agreeable to everybody, so far as one can do it within the limits of truth. The unfailing aplomb of the well bred woman assists her wonderfully here. She recalls clearly at the first glance the peculiarities and the circumstances of her visitor, she sorts out the pleasant from the unpleasant, and she invariably alludes in her remarks to the pleasant. The transplanting, without its luxurkms effusiveness, of this good custom into the home life and into the narrow circles of the "outs" could result only in


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