This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 Excerpt: ...before one. The promptitude with which a woman of character will pronounce authoritatively and decide upon another woman's conduct when doubtful, throws some light upon woman's opinion of women; in which charity is often conspicuous by its absence. If women are really at heart what some modern novelists choose to depict them, the outlook for the future is a dark one. If they belie their sex, why do the said sex patronize them by reading their productions? But after all, that is a matter for the sex themselves! With men or women, it is not the final act, then, which constitutes the fall; the great step has been taken when they allow themselves to entertain the idea of doing that which they are ashamed of other people knowing! When in doubt as to what they are about to do, they have only to ask themselves this question: "Do I care about the world knowing?" If an affirmative answer can be given, then they need be in no doubt about the impropriety of what they are proposing, even speculatively, to do. When engaged in self-communion, the plainer and simpler the language used the better. "You cannot touch pitch without being defiled." And the mind which toys with sin will find itself besmirched--as well as with resolve sapped. "The line of least resistance." What is that? asks the youthful reader. It is often the line of conduct, my young friend! All action takes the line of least resistance; even to the action of dynamite upon rock, where the cleavage will take the line of least resistance. This does not necessarily involve degraded action by any means. The line of least resistance may go upwards among higher motives, as well as downwards amidst lower motives. There is what one can not be, as well as what one wishes to be. It is eas...
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