Life and Its Purposes, Illustrated in the Life of M. Lyon, and Others

Life and Its Purposes, Illustrated in the Life of M. Lyon, and Others

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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. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...she left to nature, who does not always teach according to conventional rules and forms. Her friends can afford to admit that she did not excel in the graces of the drawing-room. In her early and susceptible years, her attention was not turned to her appearance. The getting a thing done so engrossed her thoughts, that none were left for the manner in which it should be done. Perhaps no training could have educated her to live merely to be dressed and fed. Clothing and food were means not ends. There seemed wanting, what teachers cannot give, a natural bias to these 'branches of study.' Dress could not get between her and the sun. She did not feel above attending to it. On the contrary, she considered it a duty to dress conformably to her station. With Hannah More, she held that the perfection of the art is so to dress that no one will recollect, two minutes afterwards, anything that you had on. She sought simplicity, neatness, harmony. She often told her scholars that dress should answer to the age, employment, health, and position of the wearer, and to the season, weather, and the occasion. It cannot be denied that she sometimes fell short of her theory. Nature would get the better of rules. No gift from a friend or pupil was more acceptable than a pretty cap or collar. In anything pertaining to school she seldom asked counsel till she had made up her own mind, and then what she wanted was approbation; but in matters of the toilet she was grateful for advice." It appears from this quotation that she was not so devoid of taste, in the matter of dress, as many have supposed. Whatever her practice may have been, her views upon the subject were like those of Hannah More. In the main, they were like those of the wife of John Hancock, who...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236755871
  • 9781236755872