The Art of Life

The Art of Life

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...or vanity, and the woman who was neither vain nor solicitous about herself would never love anybody. And as for men, they don't marry like schoolboys. If a woman esteems her husband, it is because he has not merely wedded a pretty woman, a rare toy, a fiveminutes plaything: the five minutes are to last a lifetime--and so is the wife." Unquestionably, a man's whole existence is coloured by his home life: it is here that the law of the environment shows itself more especially in operation. The wife is often the cashier, the ruling spirit of the household, and from this arises the French genius for economy. So marriage tends more and more to become a contract. We have given up the delightful old custom of formal betrothals, which endued realities with so marvellous a fragrance. We prefer, as soon as a match is made, to run for the parson and clerk; every one is in a terrible hurry to 'get it over, ' for the proof of the pudding is in the eating. And then!--And so folks marry as reasonable beings, and do well; but carried to extremes the system results in 'people not marrying at all, or, at any rate, not if they can help it. For if marriage is a mere matter of utility, neither more nor less, a poor man will obviously suffer himself to be tempted when he sees a chance of fetching his price; while it is equally obvious that a rich man is in no hurry. Marriage and paternity are expensive; it was not yesterday the Epicureans discovered that love brings trouble into a man's life, and that the wise man does well to eschew it. 'To follow another line of thought, there are some men, elect spirits, who live on ideas, intellectual work, ideals; and these, not being open to considerations of personal interest, more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236856880
  • 9781236856883