Sunday, September 22, 1912

by Elizabeth

The next section of the Encyclopaedia is entitled LADY OF QUALITY.

An article about the position of wife of the First Lord of the Admiralty begins with several paragraphs about how all British women’s hearts leap upon sighting a sailor goes on to list various notable wives, who appear to be so distinguished primarily based upon the wonderful parties they gave. I found myself dozing and paged through to the next article, “Etiquette for Girls.” The author says that some twenty years ago, “before the opening of so many gates and doors to women,” girls were apt to be shy and brusque, as they rarely left home and had little opportunity for social intercourse. Now, she says, the majority of young women are “forward, bold, and assured.” Some are charming, but others, loud and blunt of manner, are off-putting.

She goes on to describe a trio of girls at Thornburn high school so perfectly that I almost imagine she must have met them! “Some girls wear a chronic smile, which, after a while, becomes absolutely exasperating, and may be classed with the mechanical laugh beginning on exactly the same note and lasting precisely the same period.”