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503 > Page 503 of Compromises of life : and other lectures and addresses, including some observations on certain downward tendencies of modern society / by Henry Watterson.

Appendix useful lives, seeking by such a subterfuge to make it appear that we included in our description everybody having a picture-gallery or holding a recognized place in society. It is very funny, but to use a figure of the Smart Set, it won't wash! "All of us, your ladyship," Lord Brougham once said to a famous social leader, "all of us, as your ladyship knows, have committed adultery. But we must draw the line somewhere; and, for one, I fix it at murder!" There need be no mistaking the lines that fence in the Four Hundred. Nobody can deny, nor in truth through all the expressions called out by our writing do we find any denial, of the fidelity of the picture drawn by us. It is the true, not the scurrilous, that hurts. At the same time it is a fact that even in the better realms of luxury and wealth there is a growing toleration of the unclean. Good people are not so shocked as they once were by moral infractions. It is observable that the men drink less, at least at table and in the public company of women, than they did thirty years ago. But what the men may have gained in this respect the women themselves have lost by the evolution of modern society and the progress of the desecration which that society has given the idea of the new woman. It is a doubtful term at best. If we would keep our women pure we must keep them ignorant, if not of evil, at least of dirt. But what shall be done, what can be done with those women who insist upon knowing all that the men know, and, by a certain not unreasonable Llaim of equality, who propose to keep up with the masculine procession, share- and-share alike There is not a conscientious man, not a thoughtful woman, in the society of any of our great centres of population, who does not mark with serious apprehension the lowering tendencies of the time; the 503