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The Fickleness Of Fashion

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X lady thus onticises the proneness ol Her sex. follow the changing fashions of tfio day:. Sensible woraen must resist, as far as they can, the changing despotism of that invisible tyrant called fashion. What enormous taxes it imposes upon us - tax88 to a tithe of which wo would not submit for a moment from any other ruler. What a nrysterious and omnipotent power it is ' Suddenly thero goes f orth an edict, nobody knows from whom, that evcrybócïy must irear trailing garments ; and rtraightway the filthy streets are awept with silk and satin. Sonie French mantua-maker, whose fortune depends npon stimulating the rivalry of wealthy idlers, invente some new evtt of a sífeove, w some nèw adjustnient of trimming, which vauity immediately adopts, as a public advertisement that she is rich cnough to change her dress with every passing whim. Then the mystic sayiug goes round the world, " They dress so this soason." Who they are nobody knows ; but the voico must be obeyed, without regard to climate or convenience, or betsoiiitügT.tss tt mdSridnal faces añil figwres. A milliner of the Empvess Eugenie places a grape leaf on the head of her imperial mistress, and calis it a bonnet ; it fornis a pretty ornament for her tresses, and, as utility is 110 object to her who rolls along through lite in a chariot, such ëhlla' hoadgeao kus-iKers woll enough for her. But because she wears it, straightway every farmei's wifo in Xew England ieols compellcd to walk tlirough wind nd dust, heat and cold, with agrapo leaf n her head. We laugh bt Chinese women for êfeforming. their feet and rendoring them iiseless Vy the fashion cf ;asing them in taby sboes ; yet, in thisonlightened country, gtrls are straining the muscles of the feet beyond repair, and losing the power of wivlking with a íivm, elastio tread, beaause it is the foshion to topple about on high-heeled shocs. In this country it is peculiarly remarkablo that we submit so tumely to such perpetual and vcxatious interfereneo with our freo will and ouidaily coQvenionco. We scori tlíe idea of having our affairs rcgulated by any othcr monarch, and would resist any other involuntary taxation to the duath. But we empty our purses and wuste our tiiue and our faeilitics, and tiunVle over crinoline traps, and stifle oux Iung3 uici wcaken our feet, and frecze oar brains, because fashion, in the person of soine Parisian Modiste, proclaiius, " They so. this seaeon."


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