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A Woman of the World Her Counsel to Other People's Sons and Daughters   By: (1850-1919)

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A Woman of the World



Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Fourth Impression, April, 1910


TO MR. RAY GILBERT, Law Student, Aged Twenty three


TO EDNA GORDON, During Her Honeymoon

TO MISS GLADYS WESTON, Who Faces the Necessity to Earn a Living

TO CLARENCE ST. CLAIRE, Regarding His Sister's Betrothal

TO MISS MARGARET RILEY, Shop Girl, Concerning Her Oppressors

TO MISS GLADYS WESTON, After Three Years as a Teacher

TO A YOUNG FRIEND, Who Has Become Interested in the Metaphysical Thoughts of the Day

TO WILFRED CLAYBORN, Concerning His Education and His Profession

TO MISS ELSIE DEAN, Regarding the Habit of Exaggeration

TO SYBYL MARCHMONT, Who Has Learned Her Origin

TO MISS DIANA RIVERS, A Young Lady Contemplating a Career as a Journalist

TO NANETTE, A Former Maid

TO THE REV. WILTON MARSH, Regarding His Son and Daughter

TO MRS. CHARLES MCALLISTER, Formerly Miss Winifred Clayborne

TO MRS. CHARLES GORDON, Concerning Maternity

TO MR. ALFRED DUNCAN, Concerning the Ministry

TO MR. CHARLES GRAY, Concerning Polygamy

TO WALTER SMEED, Concerning Creeds and Marriage

TO SYBYL MARCHMONT, Concerning Her Determination to Remain Single

TO MRS. CHARLES GORDON, Concerning Her Sister and Her Children

TO MRS. CHARLES GORDON, Concerning Her Children

TO Miss ZOE CLAYBORN, ARTIST, Concerning the Attentions of Married Men

TO MR. CHARLES GORDON, Concerning the Jealousy of His Wife After Seven Years of Married Life

TO MRS. CLARENCE ST. CLAIRE, Concerning Her Husband

TO YOUNG MRS. DUNCAN, Regarding Mothers in Law.

TO A YOUNG MAN, Ambitious for Literary Honours

TO MRS. MCALLISTER, Concerning Her Little Girl

TO MR. RAY GILBERT, Attorney at Law, Aged Thirty


TO MRS. WHITE PEAK, One of the Pillars of Respectable Society

TO MARIA OWENS, A New Woman Contemplating Marriage

TO MRS. ST. CLAIRE, The Young Divorcée

TO MISS JESSIE HARCOURT, Regarding Her Marriage with a Poor Young Man


To Mr. Ray Gilbert

Late Student, Aged Twenty three

Were you an older man, my dear Ray, your letter would be consigned to the flames unanswered, and our friendship would become constrained and formal, if it did not end utterly. But knowing you to be so many years my junior, and so slightly acquainted with yourself or womankind, I am going to be the friend you need, instead of the misfortune you invite.

I will not say that your letter was a complete surprise to me. It is seldom a woman is so unsophisticated in the ways of men that she is not aware when friendship passes the borderline and trespasses on the domain of passion.

I realized on the last two occasions we met that you were not quite normal. The first was at Mrs. Hanover's dinner; and I attributed some indiscreet words and actions on your part to the very old Burgundy served to a very young man.

Since the memory of mortal, Bacchus has been a confederate of Cupid, and the victims of the former have a period (though brief indeed) of believing themselves slaves to the latter.

As I chanced to be your right hand neighbour at that very merry board, where wit, wisdom, and beauty combined to condense hours into minutes, I considered it a mere accident that you gave yourself to me with somewhat marked devotion. Had I been any other one of the ladies present, it would have been the same, I thought. Our next and last encounter, however, set me thinking.

It was fully a week later, and that most unromantic portion of the day, between breakfast and luncheon.

It was a Bagby recital, and you sought me out as I was listening to the music, and caused me to leave before the programme was half done. You were no longer under the dominion of Bacchus, though Euterpe may have taken his task upon herself, as she often does, and your manner and expression of countenance troubled me... Continue reading book >>

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