The Living Age Volume 109

The Living Age Volume 109

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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. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ... to few. It has no chance of popular applause. Often the better the work is done, the less likely it is to come to the surface, and to be appreciated by many people. I now take up a most thorny branch of the subject: it is what I call neglect in society. There is an immense amount of misery (I scarcely use too strong a word) arising from social neglect. I am not sure that it does not outweigh all the rest. "Why am I not invited here V How is it that I was invited there last year, and now they seem to have quite forgotten the fact of my existence?" This is but one form of social neglect: it is myriad-formed. There is the neglect of salutation; the diminution of correspondence, the decrease of that companionship which used to be so long and so unwearied; but now it appears, as the neglected person pecvi; lily exclaims, ' He can hardly spare a word to throw at me." What is to be said to all these poor, neglected people? I think you must show them that they often omit all consideration of the chief elements of human life--namely, time, space, money, trouble, illness, and adverse or hindering circumstances of all kinds. I will give an instance, apparently of a very trivial character, but which will serve as a good illustration of what I mean. A great lady, now, alas! dead, who of late years was the foremost entertainer of our time, and whose parties were certainly most successful, happened once to discuss the subject of invitations with the writer of this essay. After speaking generally of her difficulties, she said, " Now there is dear Lady, one of my oldest and best friends; she has five daughters. I have known the girls ever since they were babies, and I like them all; but I am afraid I have vexed her by not asking all more

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  • Paperback | 662 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 34mm | 1,161g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123692584X
  • 9781236925848