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The girl with the soulful eyes stood before her mirror practising the latest pose of her favourite magazine-cover girl. She practised it conscientiously for half an hour ere sallying forth to try its charms upon her male friends. But no luck attended her efforts. The men did not fall down" before her ■like so many ninepins, nor did they acclaim her irresistible. And, as the years passed by, this episode, in varying phases, was repeated until the girl with the soulful eyes became what is popularly known as a back-number. And in all that time she never found out what it was she lacked. But her friends could have told her. It was sincerity. There can be no true-charm without sincerity. . . When a certain pose or a particular little movement is deliberately studied and acquired it is never natural, and no amount of repetition will make- it so. Without naturalness there can be no personal magnetism. To be natural means to be sincere, and sincerity "covers a multitude of sins." •■

Personality is an inborn thing—it comes from' the innermost ego, and must therefore be developed from within. Time spent in cultivating little artificial manerisms is a sheer waste. Nothing in all this world is so quickly recognised by others. On the other hand, nothing is more attractive than some little mannerism specially characteristic of an individual, it may be some quite unconscious but characteristic movement of the head, a particular trick with the fingers, an expressive lifting of the eyebrows, or anything of the kind, however trivial, which is always associated with that one person. ' [ „ To his or her friends it is lovaple little peculiarity subtly associated with their intimacy, and often enough it will remain in the memory long after other characteristics, apparently much more important, have been forgotten.

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MANNERISMS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9594, 25 April 1919

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MANNERISMS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9594, 25 April 1919