The Woman Who Spends, a Study of Her Economic Function

The Woman Who Spends, a Study of Her Economic Function

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ... spend our lives trying to imitate those who have too much, there are always excuses. " Would you have me conspicuously out of style? " " What can we do, when the shops offer us nothing else? " Learn of Nature, woman spender, and she will teach you to match your environment. She will teach you to struggle for and to imitate those things which make for life, the highest life, the best life, not for yourself alone, but for all to whom you are bound by the common ties of life. Peacocks strutting the green velvet lawns of Warwick Castle are a delight to your eyes. Peacocks dragging their gorgeous plumage in the mud of Cheapside are a sorry sight. Did you ever go down to one of our city settlements full of the desire to help and lift up the poor shop girl? Do you remember the chill that came over you when the head worker introduced you to the " girls of our Ivy Club?" There must be some mistake, you thought. These could not be poor girls, earning five or six dollars a week. They looked better dressed than you did! Plumes on their hats, a rustle of silk petticoats, everything about them in the latest style. You went home thoughtful about those girls who wasted their hard-earned money on cheap imitation, who dressed beyond their station, and you failed to see what enjoyment they got out of it. In time you learned that it was only an attempt " to bridge the difference" between themselves and those with larger opportunities by imitating all they could see. What then shall we say is true or real independence? Its social significance is certainly clear. We cannot live or spend to please ourselves alone. We must draw from life the best that it holds for ourselves, only to give it back to others the richer for our having used it. We cannot separate our...show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123667460X
  • 9781236674609