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timent of woman contributes much to social interest: her feeling imparts life, and her gentleness a polish.

It is not, however, by effort that she will succeed, nor by mere volubility that she will render herself agreeable. Some women seem to think time lost when they are not talking;—and whether it be mere worldly tittle-tattle or insipid sentimentalism in which they indulge, they are equally impatient of listening, and are equally anxious to engross. But soliloquising is not conversation. In women, too, an attempt at display is always disagreeable, and even brilliancy will not atone for it. It is thought bad enough for her to write octavos,—what must be thought of her if she speak folios?

The charm of conversation is feeling; forgetting oneself, and sympathizing with others. It is not to shine but to please, that a woman should desire, and she will do so only when she is graceful and unaffected,—when her wish is not so much to be admired as to contribute to the gratification of others.

And, for this purpose, she must bring into society heart and mind. The one will teach her how to feel for those around her, the other how to adapt herself to them; and both will greatly contribute to her agreeableness. The insipidity of some women is attributable more to want of interest than of capacity. It is not because they have nothing to say that they say nothing, nor

because they are deficient that they are trifling. They sometimes do not trouble themselves to be agreeable. They think that if they look pretty, and are inoffensive, they fulfil their part; and they glide through life like tame animals, and are almost as indolent and selfish: it is well if, when they cease to be ornamental, they do not become as troublesome.

A young woman should always do her utmost to please, and an expression of interest is often sufficient. To be a good listener, and to reply with ease, good sense, and good breeding, are the most requisite qualities for an agreeable companion; but the sealed lips, the vacant stare, and the abrupt transition, are equally rude and disappointing

This indifference is inexcusable in those whose talent for conversation might be easily improved. English women are proverbially silent: yet there is no reason why they should be so; nor why, because they are exemplary at home, they should be insipid in society. Is it their boast that their education is superior? it is then more to their discredit when it fails in what is surely an important result. And if men are too apt to retire to themselves,-- if they talk of politics and the chase, while dress and tittle-tattle are discussed on the sofa,-may not their exclusiveness be, in great measure, attributable to the bad

with which they are too frequently received? Might not the gaucherie of the one, and the insipidity


of the other circle, be often much relieved by a little more sympathy between them?

Again, to be agreeable, a woman must avoid egotism. It is no matter how superior she is, she will never be liked, if she talks chiefly of herself. The impression of her own importance can convey no pleasure to others: on the contrary, as a desire for distinction is always mutual, a sense of inferiority must be depressing.

If we would converse pleasingly, we must endeavour to set others at ease; and it is not by flattery that we can succeed in doing so, but by a courteous and kind address, which delicately avoids all needless irritation, and endeavours to infuse that good-humour of which it is itself the result.

In women this is a Christian duty. How often should they suppress their own claims rather than interfere with those of others ! How often should they employ their talent in developing that of their associates, and not for its own display! How invariably should they discard pretension, and shun even the appearance of conceit; and seek to imbibe the spirit of that lovely religion, of which sympathy is the characteristic feature, and humility the pre-eminent grace!

It is in this way that accomplishment contributes to the agreeableness of woman.

The encouragement and cultivation of art seems, indeed, appropriate to her. Yet, perhaps, there is nothing in which she oftener errs. In this, as in other

things, affectation spoils all. There is a theatrical manner about some women, which, to say the least of it, is an outrage upon taste. The gestures of the stage can never be appropriate to a private circle, nor are they becoming a modest female. She may copy the skill, but surely nothing else that belongs to the public performer.

There are other mistakes into which women may fall in reference to accomplishment. Some of them seem to imagine that it compensates for the want of all other atttraction; and as it is their only charm, they are restless until it is displayed, and dissatisfied unless it excites admiration. Their happiness, or at least their affability, seems to depend on the success of their bravura, or the admiration excited by their tinting. Yet a mere display of skill contributes little to the agreeableness of society. However fond we may be of music and drawing, we should scarcely select a companion from her proficiency in playing a concerto, or her skill in laying on colours.

Women who are eager to exhibit are often careless of pleasing in a domestic circle: their talent must be kept as a gem for special occasions; and, if these are wanting, it is almost as useless. It is to attract notice; and when the great end of notice is attained, it may be laid aside. It is to captivate; and when the prize is secured, the fascination ceases.

But it is not to add another toil to the meshes of intrigue, nor to furnish coquetry with another


means of allurement, that the talent of women is to be cultivated. Accomplishment is, indeed, a graceful and appropriate ornament; but it should be worn with ease, and should be rather the indication of an elegant mind than an extrinsic decoration. It should render a woman more agreeable .both at home and in society, and should furnish her with some of those innocent and graceful refreshments which


and relieve graver occupations.

It is seldom, indeed, that women are great proficients. The chefs-d'ouvre of the sculptress need the polish of the master chisel; and the female pencil has never yet limned the immortal forms of beauty. The mind of woman is, perhaps, incapable of the originality and strength requisite for the sublime. Even Saint Cecilia exists only in an elegant legend; and the poetry of music, if often felt and expressed, has seldom been conceived by a female adept. But the practical talents of women are far from contemptible; and they may be both the encouragers and imitators of genius. They should not grasp at too much, nor be content with superficial attainment; they should not merely daub a few flowers, or hammer out a few tunes, or trifle away their time in inert efforts, which at best claim only indulgence; but they should do well what they attempt, and do it without affectation or display.

Nothing is so likely to conciliate the affection of the other sex as a feeling that woman looks to

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