Readings for Rural Life

From Moore’s Rural New-Yorker in Rochester, NY

October 1st, 1864

How to Tell a Lady

Two women shall get into an omnibus, and though we never saw one of them before, we shall select you the true lady. She does not titler when a gentleman, handing up her fare, knocks off his hat, or pitches it awry over his nose; nor does she receive her “change,” after this (to him) inconvenient act of gallantry, in grim silence. She wears no flowered brocade to be trodden under foot, not ball-room jewelry, nor rose-tinted gloves; but the lace frill around her face is scrupulously fresh, and the strings under her chin have evidently been handled only by dainty finger. She makes no parade of a watch if she wears one; nor does she draw off her dark, neatly –fitting glove, to display ostentatious rings. Still we notice, nestling in the straw beneath us, such a trim little book, not paper-soled, but of an anti-consumption thickness; the bonnet upon her head is of plain straw, simply trimmed – for your true lading never wears a “dress hat” in an omnibus. She is quite as civil to the poorest as to the richest person who sits besides her – and equally regardful of their rights. If she attracts attention, it is by the unconscious [sic]ace of her person and manner, not by the o[sic]entation of her dress. We are quite sorry when she pulls the strap and disappears; if we were a bachelor we should go home to our solitary den, with a resolution to become a better and a – married man.

 

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