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Reasons for discussing these topics. Every person should

undergo a thorough ablution once a day. Quotation
from Mrs. Farrar. Two important objects gained by
cold bathing. Its value as an exercise. Various forms
of bathing. Philosophy of this subject. Vast amount
of dirt accumulating on the surface. Statement of Mr.
Buckingham. Bathing necessary in all employments.
Offices of the skin, and evil consequences of keeping it
in an uncleanly condition.




Legitimate purposes of dress—as a covering, a regulator

of temperature, and a defence. Use of ornaments. Further thoughts on dress. How clothing keeps us

Errors in regard to the material, quality, and form of our dress. Tight lacing—its numerous evils. Improvement of the lungs by education. Objections to the use of personal ornaments.




Tendency of young women to dosing and drugging.

“ Nervousness." Qualms of the stomach. Eating between our meals its mischiefs. Evils of more direct dosing. What organs are injured. Confectionary. The danger from quacks and quackery.


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Che art of taking care of the sick should be a part of

female education. Five reasons for this. Doing good. Doing good by proxy. Great value of personal services. How can young women be trained to these

services ? Contagion. Breathing bad air. Aged nurses Scientific instruction of nurses. Visiting and taking care of the sick a religious duty. Appeal to young

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Fulility of the question whether woman is or is not infe-

rior to man. Conversation as a means of improvement.
Taciturnity and loquacity. Seven rules in regard to
conversation. Reading another means of mental pro-
gress. Thoughts on a perverted taste. Choosing the
evil and refusing the good. Advice of parents, teachers,
ministers, &c. Advice of a choice friend. Young
people reluctant to be advised. Set hours for reading.
Reading too much. Reading but a species of talking.
Composition. Common mistakes about composing.
Attempt to set the matter right. Journalizing. How
a journal should be kept. Music. Vocal music some-
thing more than a mere accomplishment. Lectures and
concerts. Studies. Keys of knowledge. 310-326

CHAPTER XXXI. SOCIAL IMPROVEMENT. Improvement in a solitary state. The social relations.

Mother and daughter. Father and daughter. Brother and sister. The elder sister. Brethren and sisters of the great human family. The family constitution. Character of Fidelia. Her resolutions of celibacy. In what cases the latter is a duty. A new and interesting relation. Selection with reference to it. Principles by which to be governed in making a selection. Evils of a hasty or ill-judged selection. Counsellors. Anecdote of an unwise one. Great caution to be observed. Direction to be sought at the throne of grace.




Importance of progress. Physical improvement a means

rather than an end. The same true of intellectual im-
provement. The general homage which is paid to
inoffensiveness. Picture of a modem Christian family.
Measuring ourselves by others. Our Savirur the only
true standard of comparison. Importance of self-de-
nial and self-sacrifice. Blessedness of communicating.
Young women urged to emancipate themselves from the
bondage of fashion, and custom, and selfishness. 348–356





Defining terms. The word excellence here used as nearly synonymous with holiness. What is meant by calling the work a Guide. The term Woman-why preferable, as a general term, to Lady. The class to whom this work is best adapted.

It has been said, and with no little truth, that a large proportion of the disputes in the world might have been avoided, had the disputants first settled the meaning of the terms they respectively used.

In like manner might a large share of the misapprehension and error in the world be avoided, if those who attempt to teach, would first explain their terms.

This work is called “The Young Woman's Guide to EXCELLENCE," because it is believed

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that excellence, rather than happiness, should be the leading aim of every human being. I am not ignorant that happiness—present and future—is proposed as our "being's end and aim,' not only by as distinguished a poet as Alexander Pope, but also by as distinguished a philosopher as William Paley. But these men did not learn in the school of Christ, that our 'being's end and aim" is happiness, present or future. The Christian religion, no less than Christian philosophy and sound common sense, teaches that holiness or excellence should be the leading aim of mankind. Not that “the recompense of reward,” to which the best men of the world have had regard in all their conduct, is to be wholly overlooked, but only that it should not be too prominent in the mind's eye, and too exclusively the soul's aim; since it would thus be but a more refined and more elevated selfishness. Real excellence brings happiness along with it. Like godlinesswhich, indeed, is the same thing—it has the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. And that happiness which is attainable without personal excellence or holiness, is either undeserved or spurious. The world. I know, very generally seek after it,

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