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The sage advice from Good Housekeeping in 1885 cherishes the unique role of women in creating warmth and harmony in a home. It emphasizes the value of modesty, continuous self-improvement, and the sentimental importance of women’s creative endeavors while highlighting the honored position of a wife and mother in society.
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- What furniture can give such finish to a room as a tender woman’s face, and is there any harmony of tints that has such stirrings of delight as the sweet modulations of her voice?
- If a young lady has that discretion and modesty, without which all knowledge is little worth, she will never make an ostentatious parade of it, because she will rather be intent on acquiring more than on displaying what she has.
- The little fancies work, tables and their of woman’s knitting fingers needles are the fairy playground wands by of which they transform the whole room into a spirit-isle of dreams, hence it is that a letter or book distracts a woman in love more than four pair of stockings knit by herself.
- The single woman’s part in life may be a noble one, she may elevate herself, she may help others, but hers must always be the second place. She is never fulfilling the whole position which nature intended her to fill, however fully she may do her part, but the wife and mother is a crowned queen.