The London Ladies and the Demi-monde.
The 'Saturday Review,' in the course of a remarkable article on ' Manly Women,' says :—" In London now how many ladies delight in attending what were wont to be the exclusive resorts of men—namely, the music halls and London restaurants! When we say ' exclusive resorts,' we mean exclu sive as regards society ; of course they were and always will be the haunts of the demimonde, and we fear that thatisoneof the reasons why they are now becoming so popular among many ladies in society, who hardly pretend that they are as amusing as a good theatre or the opera; but a strange fascination seems to oblige them to see and watch that class, and they are infinitely amused if they re cognise some of their acquaintances in the company of these frail ones. They seem utterly oblivious of the fact that it is extremely derogatory to their dignity and their position as modest women of good birth and ia good society to have to pass or meet their male friends and acquaintances, who are in the same social grade, unrecognised, on account of the company they are in; and that because of their own action, since they are in places where they are not expected to be, and which have been tacitly acknowledged to be reserved for that class of the female population that are without the pale. Two reasons there are whioh induce women to put themselves in these equivocal positions—one is curiosity, which is their hereditary legacy handed from Mother Eve ; and the other is that, as the men go to these places, it is the right thing for them to go also; for is it not written that now fashion says what men may do women may do also ? Inconsistent they are. If one of their own class has the misfortune to stray from the paths of virtue and be found out, she must be treated as a black sheep, and shunned ; yet it is the correct thing now to go where the demimonde gathers in all its strength and numbers, to study its members and watch them with all interest, as though their mode of life had transmogrified them into seine interesting study of nature or beautiful work of art. There is the feeling that | women are seeing life, and that they are turning over the pages of a. book that has hitherto been sealed to them, though open to their male companions, and they think that by going where the men go they get an insight into some of the manners of spending time and money adopted by the latter, and that the advanced ideas of the present day should, in all fairness, allow them to assume the knowledge that has hitherto been acquired by the other sex only."
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The London Ladies and the Demi-monde., Evening Star, Issue 8000, 31 August 1889, Supplement
The London Ladies and the Demi-monde. Evening Star, Issue 8000, 31 August 1889, Supplement
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