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Quaint Courtships
by William Dean Howells
Binding: Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Hanlins Press
Weight: 0.79 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 8.5 x W: 0.48 inches
ISBN 10: 1408639882
ISBN 13: 9781408639887
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Introduction .To the perverse all courtshi probably are Qhaint but if ever human nature may be allowed the full range of originality, it may very well be in the exciting and very personal moments of making love. Our own peculiar social structure, in which the sexes have so much innocent freedom, and youth is left almost entirely to its own devices in the arrangement of double happiness, is so favorable to the expression of character at these supreme moments, that it is wonderful there is so little which is idiosynckitic in our wooings. They tend rather to a type, very simple, very normal, and most people get married for the reason that they are in love, as if it were the most matter of course affair of life. They find the fact of being in love, so entirely satisfying to the ideal, that they seek nothing adventitious from circumstance to heighten their tremendous Introduction Yet, here and there people, even American people, are so placed that they take from the situation a color of eccentricity, if they impart none to it, and the old, old story, which we all wish to have end well, zigzags to a fortunate close past juts and angles of individuality which the heroes and heroines have not willing ly or wittingly thrown out. They would have chosen to arrive smoothly and uneventfully at the goal, as by far the greater majority do and probably if they are aware of looking quaint to others in their progress, they do not like it. But it is this peculiar difference which renders them interesting and charming to the spectator. If we all lore a lover, as Emerson says, it is not because of his selfish happiness, but be cause of the odd and unexpected chances which for the time exalt him above our experience, and endear him to our eager sympathies. In lifo one cannot perhaps have too little romance in affairs of the heart, or in literature too much and in either one may be as quaint as one pleases in such affairs without being ridiculous. W. D. H. An Encore CCORDING to Old Chester, to be A romantic was just one shade less reprehensible than to put on airs. Captain Alfred Price, in all his seventy years, had never been guilty of airs, but certainly he had something to answer for in the way of romance. However, in the days when we children used to see him pounding up the street from the post office, reading, as he walked, a newspaper held at arms length in front of him, he was far enough from romance. He was seventy years old, he weighed over two hundred pounds, his big head was covered with a shock of grizzled red hair his pleasures consisted in polishing his old sextant and playing on a small mouth harmonicon. As to his vices, it was no secret that he kept a fat black bottle in the chimney closet in his own room added to this, he swore strange oaths about his grandmothers nightcap. 1 Q. c. a Harpers Novelettes He used to blaspheme, his daughterin lam said, but I said, Not in my presence, if you please So now he just says this foolish thing about a nightcap. Mrs. Drayton said that this reforq would be one of the jewels in Mrs. Cyrus Prices crown and added that she prayed that some da the Captain would give up tobacco and rum. I am a poor, feeble creature, said Mrs. Drayton I cannot do much for my fellow men in active mission work. But I give my prayers. However, neither Mrs. Draytons prayers nor Mrs. Cyruss active mission work had done more than mitigate the blasphemy the rum which was good Monongahela whiskey was still on hand and as for tobacco, except when sleeping, eating, playing on his harmonicon, or dozing through one of Dr...


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