There are some people who seem to think that visiting is the most important duty of life. They come mat any hoar of the day, usually m the morning, that most precious working time for women, just to ohftt about something of not the allghteßt importance to the person vijlted, 'Oh we are not going to detain you ; we won't stop a moment,' they say. While the hostess listens and replies courteously to the conversation of her guests, her ear oatohes omlnoua sounds m the kitchen, and hastens ont to see and remedy the misohief, and is quickly back again with her visitors, who remarks on the loveliness of the day, and what a pity it is for any one to stay m the house such weather. The hostess makes some polite reply agreeing to the statement made, bat thinks of her daties m the other room waiting for her, how she should have them completed but for her untimely visitors, who though having remained fully an hour, always going, yet seem not any nearer to it than when first seated. After another hour spent m the same way, during which time the nervous housekeeper has made many journeys to and from the kitchen, the guests leave, remarking th^fc they couldn't possibly stay any longer, and the wearied woman goes back to her negleoted work. Why suoh people, If they mast visit, should choose the busiest part of the day to o&U npon women whom they know to have all they oan do, toil as hard aa they may, to get their work well done, Id preference to those having more leisure at their disposal, l^ke the riddle of the Jsp,hins, is hard to answer.
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UNSEASONABLE VISITS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1981, 27 October 1888
UNSEASONABLE VISITS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1981, 27 October 1888
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