Excerpt from The Lady of the Manor, Vol. 1 of 4: Being a Series of Conversations on the Subject of Confirmation; Intended for the Use of the Middle and Higher Ranks of Young Females
When the lady of the manor came into the poms-ion of this additional property, she had already arrived at that period of life when women are no longer beautiful. But she still retained a graceful person, together with an ex ceedingly animated and agreeable countenance and what was peculiarly admirable in every part of her and deportment was, that she never seemed to be occupied by herself, and was therefore entirely free from all those aw kwardnesses which continually appear in the carriage of those who are not able to divest themselves of these kinds of feelingsr This absence of every thing like selfifih feeling in the lady we describe - an absence which n 1 great measure, pervaded her whole conduct, - was set. Ed, no doubt, by the secret and powerful inﬂuence of that Holy Spirit whose ofice it is not only to control the ral evil tempers, but really and truly to regenerate the heart of sinful man. And wonderful was the eﬂ'ect of this I'm-u. 1 dom from low passions in producing a peculiar dignity, composure, and graciousness of carriage, which seemed to ennoble and beautify her whole person.
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