De Wolfe, Elsie, 1865-1950 / The house in good taste
XX: notes on many things, pp. 300-322 ff.
xx NOTES ON MANY THINGS A LITTLE TALK ON CLOCKS. T I THE selection of proper clocks for one's house is always long-drawn-out, a pursuit of real pleasure. Clocks are such necessary things the thoughtless woman is apt to compromise, when she does n't find exactly the right one. How much wiser and happier she would be if she decided to depend upon an ordinary alarm clock until the proper clock was discovered! If she made a hobby of her quest for clocks she would find much amusement, many other valuable objects by-the-way, and finally exactly the right clocks for her rooms. Everyone knows the merits and demerits of the hundreds of clocks of commerce, And it is n't for me to go into the subject of grandfather-clocks, bracket clocks, and banjo clocks, when there are so many ex- cellent books on the subject. I plead for the graceful clocks of old France, the objets d'art so lovingly de- signed by the master sculptors of the Eighteenth Cen- tury. I plead particularly for the wall clocks that are so conspicuous in all good French houses, and so unusual in our own country. Just as surely as our fine old English and American 300
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