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Gentility Passing Away

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A frankness that is almost brutal seems to pass ciirrent in society for up to date smartness, and the language that is now used by certain fashionable people among theniselves is sometimes only a little short of billingsgate, wbile "swéar words" seem to have lost their awfuluess and are nsed almost as freely by wonien as by men. It is curious bow "gentility" both as a word and a qtiality bas disappeared. Fashionable people are distinetly no louger "genteel." They may on occasions be bighbred, but the mincing propriety of the belles and beans of yore haa entirely disappeared. In a well known society novel written 15 or 20 years ago, wbicb ■was a presumably correct delineatiou of the wanners aud habits of the fashionable life of that time, two heroines play their role - one a Veré de Veré, with the correct speech and manners of her caste, and the otber a suddenly exalted bourgeoise, who goes through the social lires of criticism and experience before she emerges true gold from the ordeal. Oddly euough today the types might be reversed ; it is the bourgeoise ■who is "high toned" and the' Vero de


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