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The Wedding Guest   By: (1809-1885)

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THE WEDDING GUEST:

A FRIEND OF THE BRIDE AND BRIDEGROOM.

EDITED BY T.S. ARTHUR.

CHICAGO, ILL.:

1856.

THERE is no relation in life so important none involving so much of happiness or misery, as that of husband and wife. Yet, how rarely is it, that the parties when contracting this relation, have large experience, clear insight into character, or truly know themselves! In each other, they may have the tenderest confidence, and for each other the warmest love; but, only a brief time can pass ere they will discover that the harmonious progression of two minds, each of which has gained an individual and independent movement is not always a thing of easy attainment. Too soon, alas! is felt a jar of discord too soon self will claims an individual freedom of action that is not fully accorded; and unless there is wisdom and forbearance, temporary or permanent unhappiness is sure to follow.

Much has been written on the true relation of married partners, and we cannot do a better service to the bride and bridegroom, than by gathering words of wisdom on this subject from all sources within our reach, and presenting them in as attractive a form as possible. And this we have done in the present volume, to which, as the title page indicates, we bear only the relation of editor. In it will be found pictures of life, serious counsel, earnest admonition, and hints and suggestions, which, if wisely followed, will keep the sky bright with sunshine, or scatter the gathering clouds ere they break in angry storms. May this "WEDDING GUEST" receive as warm a welcome as we desire.

CONTENTS.

THE EVENING BEFORE MARRIAGE 7 THE WIFE 14 MARRIAGE 30 THE BRIDE'S SISTER 34 LOVE vs. HEALTH 35 THE YOUNG HOUSEKEEPER 45 TO AN ABSENT WIFE 57 THE WORD OF PRAISE 58 LETTERS TO A YOUNG WIFE FROM A MARRIED LADY 71 THE WIFE 82 BE GENTLE WITH THY WIFE 83 A TRUE TALE OF LIFE 84 MAN AND WOMAN 102 THE FAIRY WIFE AN APOLOGUE 106 A BRIEF HISTORY, IN THREE PARTS, WITH A SEQUEL 109 ELMA'S MISSION 111 LIVING LIKE A LADY 128 LADY LUCY'S SECRET 133 A WORD FOR WIVES 144, NO JEWELLED BEAUTY 147 THE FIRST MARRIAGE IN THE FAMILY 148 ONLY A FEW WORDS 156 THE TWO HOMES 163 LOVE'S FAIRY RING 170 FANNIE'S BRIDAL 172 THE LOVER AND THE HUSBAND 182 NELLIE 185 A HOME IN THE HEART 192 A LEAF FROM A FAMILY JOURNAL 193 TRIFLES 205 DOMESTIC HAPPINESS 224 A SYLVAN MORALITY; OR, A WORD TO WIVES 282 PASSAGES FROM A YOUNG WIFE'S DIARY 245 HINTS AND HELPS FOR MARRIED PARTNERS 254 THREE WAYS OF MANAGING A WIFE 285

THE WEDDING GUEST.

THE EVENING BEFORE MARRIAGE.

"WE shall certainly be very happy together!" said Louise to her aunt on the evening before her marriage, and her cheeks glowed with a deeper red, and her eyes shone with delight. When a bride says we , it may easily be guessed whom of all persons in the world she means thereby.

"I do not doubt it, dear Louise," replied her aunt. "See only that you continue happy together."

"Oh, who can doubt that we shall continue so! I know myself. I have faults, indeed, but my love for him will correct them. And so long as we love each other, we cannot be unhappy. Our love will never grow old."

"Alas!" sighed her aunt, "thou dost speak like a maiden of nineteen, on the day before her marriage, in the intoxication of wishes fulfilled, of fair hopes and happy omens. Dear child, remember this even the heart in time grows cold. Days will come when the magic of the senses shall fade. And when this enchantment has fled, then it first becomes evident whether we are truly worthy of love. When custom has made familiar the charms that are most attractive, when youthful freshness has died away, and with the brightness of domestic life, more and more shadows have mingled, then, Louise, and not till then, can the wife say of the husband, 'He is worthy of love;' then, first, the husband say of the wife, 'She blooms in imperishable beauty... Continue reading book >>




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