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BREAKIKG ENGAGEMENTS. '? Is it ever justifiable to break off an engagement?" is the subject of a much-ado-abpnt-nothing symposium in the September ' Woman at Home.' Madame Sarah Grand says ••Tes," arguing, that if engagements were to be irrevocable the chances of misery in marriage would be doubled. Mrs Joseph Parker confesses to some difficulty in generalising" on the question, but goes ao far as to say that "it can never be right to break au engagement; it may bo less wrong to do'eo than to confirm.and ratify a bond which can only result in misery not for one only, but possibly for many lives." " What a funny question," exclaims Mrs Haweie, who treats the matter with pardonable levity. After, desoribiup an engagement as intended "to give either psrtytbechance, on a nearer acquaintance, of escape from the nearest if the bond is not likely to wear well," Mrs Haweis proceeds lo say that 'f a young man or girl i<» not a theitre stall or a seat- for the Jubileej when 'engaged' .™ e , ans marketable, -and- 'no:''money returned, under any circumstance?.'!'. .Xaay'liiura Riddirigs 1* - 80 "■ convinced on the \nit tibn{ that she

:'■-.:-:,- • ■ ■ .- •'• -.: : ."* .-^.Srlg '-ban doubt the ■&%sm> ;? a y. Wia -breaking; engagements: if acquaintance coni ; & § vinces either, aide, that,the "marriage may ,'"." :not^make;f r rjiove ; 6r'^happiness. Miss * Annie S v S*aneloseis the symposium with 1 ' a carefully'.qualifiedaffirmative.; ;,..'

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ABOUT WOMEN., Issue 10458, 30 October 1897, Supplement

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ABOUT WOMEN. Issue 10458, 30 October 1897, Supplement

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