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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

Conclusion,   pp. 212-216

Page 212

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WHEN so much has been said of the body
and its accoutrements, I cannot but subjoin a
few words on the intelligence which animates
the frame, and of the organ which imparts its
  Connected speech is granted to manviij
alone. Parrots may prate and monkeys chat-
ter, but it is only to the reasonable being that
power of combining ideas, expressing their
import, and uttering, in audible sounds, in all
its various gradations, the language of sense
and judgment, of love and resentmenw, is
awarded as a gift, that gives us a proud and
undeniable superiority above all the rest of
the creation.
   To employ this faculty well and gracefully,
is one grand object of education. The mere
organ itself, as to sound, is like a musical in-
strument, to be modulated with elegance, or
struck with the disorderly nerve of coarseness
arid vulgarity.
   I must add to what has been said before, ou

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