Thursday, February 08, 2018

Maidenly Good Breeding

To be pale, to have no appetite, to swoon at the slightest provocation - these, not so long ago, were the signs of maidenly good breeding.  In other words, when a girl was marked with the stigmata of anemia and chronic constipation, you knew she was a lady.
 - Aldous Huxley, “Vulgarity in Literature” (1930)

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