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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

Preliminary observations on the subject,   pp. [9]-19

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truth in the worst way from strangers, who
will either insult her aggravated deformity, or
teach her to set off her before-obscured charms
with, perhaps, meretricious assistance.
  It is unjust and dangerous to hold out false
lights to young persons; for, finding that their
guides have in one respectdesignedly led them
astray, they may be led likewise to reject as
untrue all else they have been taught; and
so nothing but disappointment, error, and re-
bellion can be the consequence.
  Let girls, advancing to womanhood, be'told
the true state of the world with which they
are to mingle. Let them know its real opini-
ons on the subjects connected with themselves
as women, companions, friends, relatives.-
Hide not from them what society thinks and
expects on all these matters; but fail not to
show them, at the same time, where the fa-
shions of the day would lead them wrong;
where the laws of heaven and man's appro-
ving (though not always submitting) reason,
would keep them aright.
  Let religion and morality be the foundation
Pf the female character. The artist may then

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