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96 A WORD TO THE WISE.
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and thither ; the meat-jack stood still in amaze , while the fire inade the most of its opportunity to do mischief to the mutton . Now
seriously , for these things are very humiliating " , / what does all this imply ? Was _tJhere one particle of concern for the injured child In
all this ? We believe not . Such results might have occurred in the case of a woman of amiable dispositionbut in _siich exhibitions as
, these there is not one fraction of evidence of real sympathy . People should educate their nerves . Nerves are for endurance and not for
hinderance . We believe that a -woman be the victim of her nerves and yet herself be dominant over may almost every ! instinct of her *
• womanly nature . We do not believe that this character applies largely to our sex ,
" but let every one avoid the least approach to it . Some women are _> rather afraid of being suspected as " strong-minded . " A lady once
remarked that she felt almost ashamed , when it was told of her , amid astonished ladies , that she had been present during a certain
operation of a surgical nature . Everybody wondered how she _eo-uld bear to see it . They were " sure they must have died . " The remark
was 6 < be to ash the amed surge of on the himself blush . of " h Ashamed ealth uon , " he rep ch lied eek , ener be g ashamed etically ,
that you can walk without a crutch ! If p you y think there , is anything to be ashamed of in thatit would be less absurd than to be
ashamed of your nerve . " , It is a mistake to suppose that sensible men can admire a woman
for her silliness . There need be no fears entertained on that point . There was a singular contrast to the delicate lady , in the poor
woman who took up the child , at the same time noting the number of _tlie cab . She carried the childwho was motherlessto the surgeon
and held it while two of its little , fingers were amputated , , consoling , it tenderly the while . Yet this woman , because she appeared calm
and collected , is termed hard-hearted , while the lady who only did a swoon for the benefit of the injured little one , is , forsooth , a model
of tenderness and sensibility . These are they , who , averting their eyes from the maimed and bleeding" Pass by on the other side ;"
, while the kind Samaritan who can look upon the gaping wound , and "bind tenderly the dreadful fracture , is considered a man of coarse
and unnatural feelings . " Ah" said a ladyspeaking of Miss Nihtingalewith a sigh _,
,, g , complimentary of her own more tender nature , * ' she did a great _, deal of good , but I am sure she cannot be like me . " No , madam ;
and from the depths of its distress , our bruised and bleeding humanity may lift its eyes , and give thanks to God that all women are
not like you . ., But there are sorae persons who appear to imagme that the
possession of wealth involves absolution from these duties . But does it not rather bind closer the obligation ? That I am strong can
never be a reason why I should not support the weak . There is
great difficulty in bringing home responsibility ; we merge our in-
96 A Word To The Wise.
96 A WORD TO THE WISE .
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), Oct. 1, 1859, page 96, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01101859/page/24/