John Bull's Womankind Les Filles de John Bull
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(Les Filles de John Bull)
BY THE AUTHOR OF
“John Bull and his Island”
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EVERY DAUGHTER OF JOHN BULL
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AND OF ALL NEWSVENDORS.
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Ye Leadenhalle Presse, E.C.
Now please not to frown, still less to cryout, “Shocking!”
I assure you, you may turn over the leaves of thisbook from beginning to end without fear of encounteringa single piece of indiscretion.
I know that fresh air and cold water are yourdelight. You dearly love to shiver at the contact of adripping sponge; but your door is carefully closed,and I have seen nothing.
It is not your undraped photograph that I publish,it is the litany of your good qualities that I sing.
May I be allowed here to say freely what I think?
Well, dear Madam, I think that, if the humanrace, including Mr. Bull your husband, felt for youhalf the admiration which your charms and virtuesinspire in me, you would be justly proclaimed thegoddess of conjugal felicity.
Now you ought to give me a smile for that, Ithink.
[Pg iv]Open this little volume fearlessly, dear Madam,and if you should light upon any mention—I willnot say of your faults, for most certainly you havenone—but of some few little oddities perhaps, do notbe offended; but remember that our real friends arethose who tell us the truth—en ami, of course—butstill who do tell it us.
|To Mrs. John Bull||iii|
|Flirtation — Sweethearting — Love in the Open Air — Oùil y a de la gêne il n’y a pas de plaisir||1|
|Declarations of Love — Kisses — Disobliging Britons||8|
|Love in Marriage — Mrs. John Bull’s Bedroom — Asyou make your Bed, so you must lie on it — YoungPeople, English and French — How it may sometimesbe an economy to take your Wife with youwhen you travel on the Continent||12|
|The Marriage Ceremony in England — Civil Marriages — Elopements — Marriagein Scotland — Show yourCredentials — One word more about the dot||22|
|After the Ball — My Wife makes me a little Confidence(from the Diary of a Frenchman married to anEnglishwoman)||30|
|The Beauty of English Women — Their Dress — TheirHair — Advice to French Ladies — Hyde Park — Interiorof English Theatres — O Routine! such isthy Handiwork!||37|
|The Word and the Thing — Little Essay on the EnglishLanguage — There is nothing like a good Telescopeif you want to see well — Master Dubius — PuritanParlance — Salvation Fair — May Meetings andSpring Cleanings — Are you Pooty Well? — A SuitableMenu||46|
|The Boas of the Aristocracy — The Prettiest Women inLondon — Shop Girls — Barmaids — Actresses andSupernumeraries — Miss Mary Anderson||58|
|The Demi-monde — Sly Dogs — The DisreputableWorld — The Society for the Protection ofWomen — Humble Apologies for Grave Mistakes||66|
|Reflections of an Innocent upon Women in generaland Englishwomen in particular — Epistle to JohnBull — Women’s Rights — A Stormy Meeting — Viragosand other British Guys of the Sisterhoodof St. Catharine||72|
|Women at Home — Daughters, Wives, Widows, andMothers — Comparisons — The Hospitality of Mrs.John Bull — Provincial Life||83|
|Mrs. John Bull at Home on the .... R.S.V.P. — AnIntelligent Landlord — Meaning of the word“Concert” — The Conversazione — The RoyalAcademy||100|
|Ladies of the Royal Family — Mrs. Christian — Minnieand Alec — The noble Lord the Poet-Laureate — Wantedan English Academy||110|
|The Governess and other Servants of Mrs. John Bull’sHousehold — Lady-Helps — English and FrenchServants — Burglar Chase: the Policeman is successfulfor once||120|
|In the Smoking Room (Causerie)||136|
|The Brune and the Blonde — Madame la Comtessed’A. and Lady B. chat a little about their husbands,discuss their respective merits, and indulge inseveral little confidences||146|
|The Teetotal Mania — Second Epistle to John Bull — Thedarling Sin of Mrs. John Bull according toa Venerable Archdeacon and a few CharitableLadies — A free-born Briton, member of theYellow Ribbon Army||164|
|New Salvation Agencies — Priestess Rubbers — Asinusasinam fricat||176|
|The Vicar’s Wife (Fragments)|
|Apotheosis of the Daughters of John Bull||209|
|John Bull and His Island (Postscript)||228|
In proposing the toast to the ladies at a Citydinner, one evening, Lord Derby expressed himselfin these terms:—
“Before appointing an Englishman to any postof importance, the first question the electors ask is:
“‘What kind of a wife has he?’”
And, indeed, the English, who introduce diplomacyinto everything, place discretion above allthe qualifications that an English candidate sendsto the members of an electing board, in the formof testimonials.
The chief thing required of a man who is to beplaced at the head of a Society, an Institution, aCollege, is that he should know how to maintainorder and good discipline: not with fuss andseverity, but with calmness and discretion; and theEnglish are quite right, for self-control and discretionare the two qualities that most fit a man for[Pg x]government. “Now,” the electors say, “if Mr.So-and-So, who is one