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134 NOTICES OF BOOKS.
1. The Of Relative Women. Valu A Lecture...
Arithmetic out a suspicion then that or there computation are any laws at of least musical , may sound be , and , or usuall to sew y , or is , to taug dance ht as ?'
princi and a refined dexterity les craft and , , of , s the an ling accomp pup them il , rather lishment to than , — ticular as to an her cases education thinking . Again to power the there practical of are grasp few tact ing of
the accomp p , lishments appy which any young par lady learns , unless it , be crochet-work , abstract or shell-basket stud . making If in , music which she may learns not be the pursued theory of in harmony great measure as the as basis an y
thoroug spective of all her hl ; y or p as iano in she modern practice would languages ; in or the in case drawing , if she of Latin , learns the laws or the Greek grammar of form , and , colour as does log then , icall not and y in learn per and all
these by the cases mere , habit the disci of p listening line given to , , or is conversing iven rather with to , a her ' native powers ; ' of thoug , ht household than the intercourse to her emergencies practical of life instincts , and , _woxild the ;— banter di she scipline g is of disci drawing almost plining - as rooms , not effectuall those , and y facultie the , but pressure s a which quit of e
different class of faculties , which are often strongest where these are weak , however and and " Of general weakest course acquired tact where , it than , is are these quite arithmetic more are true suitable strong that geometry . to modern train or the languages dead practical languages , music faculties . , and Teach , ear drawing , them eye , ,
this how appeal as be you to a so settled taste will pursued , they and , starting practical will as to probabl -point draw sagacit , th y , out strain at y the all more so thoug thinking - , called than ht the and feminine and latter reason universal . accomp But less side let ; lishments they us of take will the
may merel intellect to ; that be an the exercise driest studies in practical may be alertness , and frequentl , a mental y are gymnastic , so pursued instead as of an y intellectual discipline . Geometry , perhaps , is the clearest example of in forei
stud land y is in one this of sense the purest ; while examp a modern les of language a mere accomp caught lishment up by . ear " a gn Having * made this point clearthe author proceeds to show that
in the education of girls , as of , boys , our aim should be to form habits of thought , to develope and strengthen the intellect , before
beginning the special training required for any particular profession . " If we admit this in the case of all the professions , —if we never
think of teaching young men law or medicine , or science or divinity , till we have put them through some general intellectual
exercisesintended to develop their capacities , and teach them the limits and use of their own intellectual powers , —why should not exactly
the So same far princi we are ple entirel be applied of to one women mind ? with " the authorand we y
agree with him heartily in his protest against the notion , that would be less graceful and attractive if their minds were
women more widely and deeply cultivated . But " we cannot help thinking that the protest would have been more effectual if the author had
set before women some higher standard of duty than merely to be " graceful beings , whose function it is to soften and refresh
function the To atmosp " go intended here gracefull of for dail y y idle life , " human . " as Mr being . Carl ; yle and has the it , distinction cannot be here the
any drawn between the relative duties of men and women is , weconceive , false in principle and pernicious in practice . Men .
have " social functions" as well as women . It is their duty also
134 Notices Of Books.
134 NOTICES OF BOOKS .
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), Oct. 1, 1862, page 134, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01101862/page/62/