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The mirror of the graces; or, the English lady's costume: combining and harmonizing taste and judgment, elegance and grace, modesty, simplicity and economy, with fashion in dress; and adapting the various articles of female embellishments to different ages, forms, and complexions; to the seasons of the year, rank, and situation in life: with useful advice on female accomplishments, politeness, and manners; the cultivation of the mind and the disposition and carriage of the body: offering also the most efficacious means of preserving beauty, health, and loveliness. The whole according with the general principles of nature and rules of propriety

Continuation of the same subject,   pp. 203-211

Page 203

ThE carriage of a woman to her equals being
founded on a just appreciation of their merits,
and a proper respect to herself, the same sen-
timent will be found to pervade her conduct to
her superiors in rank.
  With regard to men, when they occupy a
higher station than herself, she must proportion
reverential courtesy to them according to the
rules of court ceremony. If she knows them
merely as officers high in authority under the
king, or as nobles distinguished by his honours;
her manner must then be that of calm, dignified
respect. But when she finds that merit is yet
higher in any of these men than his titles,
then, let her show the homage of the soul, as
well as that of the body; for real greatness
ennobles the head which bows.
  With regard to her own sex, the same rule
must be observed. There are certain regula.
tions in society which are called Laws of Pre-
cedence. They are of as much use in main-

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