AMERICAN V. ENGLISH MANNERS.
Mrs Humphry ("Madge," of "Truth,") in a little story shows the different idea, of wifely duty in America from ours: — A week or two since w English lady and an American friend' of *hers were shopping at .the cheap sales. Looking at, her watch, the Englishwoman said, " Oh, I must go at once. Charley, will he home at six, and he hates me to be oujb when he gets in." . " But," said her friend, "we have not finished. Let him wait for once." • "No, mol" said the Englishwoman. "I must really go. He -will be so cross and disagreeable if he gets home before me." "Well!" remarked the American, "the way you English lie. down and worship your husbands and let them walk over you is sofnethihg ' past understanding. No American would submit to such tyranny." , "But," explained ithe Englishwoman, "I rather like Charley to miss, me when lam utiti at home." : * " Can't you see, you nice, dull, dear, woman," responded 1 the American, "that that is the very way to make him properly appreciate you? If you are always there when he gets home, how can he contrast the pleasure of finding you there wi^h the disagreeable experience of not finding you there? Look at my husband! j.aat dear man has my company at home ; for about seven months out of the twelve. ■ And isn't he thankful when he gets it! Isn't he, just!" Writing on the subject of " Naughty. Children 1 ," it is pure selfishtiess,*" Madge '? thinks, that makes parents indulge their children. They wish the little ones' to be dotingly fond of .riem, but the indiscriminate spoiling is a terribla 'mistake. Hotels, she says, seem to be the happy hunting ground of the naughty child, both in England and out of it. This dreadful little plague has. a way of tyrannising over everybody that makes everyone feel ashamed of it except its own mother, the being usually responsible for training a possibly sweet and charming little being into the very reverse. . . Invalids are particularly susceptible to the tyranny of these little creatures. *' How do you like the hotel'/" we asked a friend who was abroad for her health. "It is "on excellent hotel," she replied, "but I fear I shall have *o leave it. That child — do you see her? she is sitting with her mother at tea— that child sleeps in the same corridor as I do, and she screams herself to sleep every night, and runs up and down, the corridor shrieking and laughing at seven o'clock every morning, just when I feel most sleepy." "Why not ask the landlady to speak to her parents?" we suggested. " No, no," replied our poor friend. " That Bice-looking old lady over .. there did so, and tho child's parents have been extremely rude to her ever since, talking at her and making sarcastic observations about ' old maids.' I shall just leave quietly when I have found some other, hotel." And she did. • !, . ;mV *
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Star, Star, Issue 7161, 27 July 1901
AMERICAN V. ENGLISH MANNERS. Star, Issue 7161, 27 July 1901
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