Retiring Girls – September 1904

(I wonder what she would say if she were alive today!)
It used to be the fashion for girls to be prim, retiring, entirely submissive to their elders. Such a girl, transported into this century, would be thought to be too formal a sight and lacking in spirit.

Less than 100 years ago a young woman who so far forgot her dignity as to run or join in any sport that exercised her limbs (except riding) would be known throughout the neighbourhood as a hoyden.

Have not we been told that it was once the fashion to be consumptive and have an exceedingly small appetite, to be sentimentally romantic and long for the chance of an elopement, and for those above the working class to be ashamed of going out to earn money.

All these fashions have changed — and for the better.

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