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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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friends, and the respect of the world. Show
her that regularity of features and symmetry
of form are not essentials in the composition
of the woman whom the wise man would se-
lect as the partner of his life.-Seek, as an
example, some one of your less fair acquaint-
ance, whose sweet disposition, gentle manners,
and winning deportment render her the delight
of her kindred, the dear solace of her husband.
Show your young and lovely pupil what use
this amiable woman has made of her few
ents ; and then call on her to cultivate her
re extraordinary endowments to the glory
of her Creator, the honour of her parents, and
to the maintenance of her own happiness in
both worlds. To do this, requires that her
aims should be virtuous, and the means she
employs to reach them, of the same nature.
  We know, from every record under heaven,
from the sacred page, to that of the heathen
world, that woman was made to be the help-
mate of man: that, by rendering herself
pleasing in his sight, she is the assuager of
his pains, the solacer of his woe, the sharer of
his joys, the chief agent in the communication

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