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Volume: v. 8 General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1896 Original Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin and company Subjects: Fiction / General Fiction / Classics Fiction / Literary History / United States / General Literary Criticism / General Literary Criticism / American / General Social Science / Slavery Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: "Papa," said Jenny, " you ought to write and tell what are your ideas of keeping a home." " Girls, you have only to think how your mother has brought you up." Nevertheless, I think, being so fortunate a husband, I might reduce my wife's system to an analysis, and my next paper shall be, What is a Home, and How to Keep it. WHAT IS A HOME It is among the sibylline secrets which lie mysteriously between you and me, 0 reader, that these papers, besides their public aspect, have a private one proper to the bosom of mine own particular family. They are not merely an ex post facto protest in regard to that carpet and parlor of celebrated memory, but they are forth-looking towards other homes that may yet arise near us. For, among my other confidences, you may recollect I stated to you that our Marianne was busy in those interesting cares and details which relate to the preparing and ordering of another dwelling. Now, when any such matter is going on in a family, I have observed that every feminine instinct is in a state of fluttering vitality, -- every woman, old or young, is alive with womanliness to the tips of her fingers; and it becomes us of the other sex, however consciously respected, to walk softly and put forth our sentiments discreetly, and with due reverence for the mysterious powers that reign in the feminine breast. I had been too ...
The Writings of Harriet Beecher Stowe, with Biographical Introductions, Portraits, and Other Illustrations (V. 8) ; Household Papers
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