The Girl of the Period Miscellany

The Girl of the Period Miscellany

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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. Excerpt: ... so? Could anything indicate more clearly or unmistakably the great truth that she is a triumphant protest against humbug, and sanctified selfconceit, and the stilted solemnities of social folly? The Girl of the Period, strange though it may sound, is born of nature--of nature crushed and bound with the chains of our artificial society, and trodden under-foot by Grundys and Groamers of all kinds. There is a natural joyousness in her heart, there are strong healthy thoughts in her mind, and a noble independence in her spirit, and she longs to let the merry laughter come to the surface and give a pleasant ripple to the monotonous still dead level of the conventional ocean, and she will not crush down the ideas which are burning for expression, and she cannot bear to outrage the free aspirations of her soul by wearing the iron fetters of a slavish conformity to the senseless hobbies of an insane and unnatural Grundyism. We do not deny that she has faults; but they are slight and trivial, and excusable. Those who have been heavily manacled for years, and penned up within the prison-walls of a false propriety, cannot at once walk with perfect ease and grace, and there may be some slight eccentricity in the innocent manifestations of delight with which they proclaim their well-won freedom. But, after all, is not eccentricity only variation from established practice and custom, and is it not an open question which of the two is right? And as for faults, how many have the Grundys and the Groamers got? and what about their comparative magnitude? We therefore say of the Girl of the Period, that though her efforts may be tainted with terrcstrialism, her aspirations are noble, and brilliant with the glory of the heavens. As for the Scotch Girls of the Period, they...show more

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  • Paperback | 230 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 417g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236990633
  • 9781236990631