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Hulloa – July 1921

A young friend told me the other day that her mother was greatly shocked when they were out walking together, and the daughter’s Sabbath School scholars greeted her with a cheerful, “Hulloa!” This displeasure at the frank familiarity of children … Continue reading

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Through the Byre – May 1911

The worst of farmhouses is that they always smell so of cows, remarked a young townsman to me, with an air of critical tolerance, as if he might be disposed to consider them more seriously if only the objectionable odour … Continue reading

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Honour of Accompanying – March 1911

The day I was visiting some friends and leaving in the mid forenoon I had to make my farewells to the master of the house after breakfast. “Let me see,” he said. “I have to go to Glasgow by such … Continue reading

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Thinking of the Mistress – February 1817

Mrs Catherine Blair says that I argue on the assumption that all mistresses are able and willing to supervise — a false assumption.” Now, I never suggested that the mistress should have personal supervision of the whole conduct of her … Continue reading

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Learning to Sit Upright – January 1904

We get into the habit of ridiculing the education of our grandmothers which taught how to sit upright without weariness and without touching the back of the seat. The old fashioned culture is coming in again. Ladies of high degree … Continue reading

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He Was Puting it Nicely – December 1911

To be born and bred in a pure and high-minded home is not without its disadvantages in later life. For the outer world is not a community of refined human beings: far from it. In particular, the woman who has … Continue reading

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Saved Humiliation – Tuesday December 1902

Before we could get set to work with our baking, two visitors arrived for dinner, intimating that another of the same family might be expected for tea! Your pity, I pray! Nothing in the tea cake line, but plain bread … Continue reading

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“Put to it” by Absence of Workers – November 1900

It is the custom in this part of the country for all country servants, hired by the half year and living in the house to take a week’s holidays at Whitsuntide and Martinmas. The very shortest period they will consent … Continue reading

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Hats and Gloves – November 1898

Men often remark that the average woman is not so careful and fastidious about the details of her dress as a man. That same critical man probably has his clothes and his linen attended to by some careful woman. If … Continue reading

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The Handshake – September 1909

The suggestion is that a good grip denotes a sincere hearty character and that a limp shake of the hand goes with flabbiness or coldness of nature. My faith in the significance of these little personal traits never really developed … Continue reading

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