satisfying form of success, but that we must have some drudgery to make it complete.
The most thoroughly leisured classes have to invent some form of hard work for themselves in the shape of field sports or yachting or golfing; and aside from this, the mere social duties, when taken at their highest, have drudgery enough to frighten any innocent rustic, and often to discourage the votaries themselves.
Where is social pleasure carried to a higher point than in Newport
?-yet one of the very ladies occupied in it said to me some years ago, “It takes my four daughters and myself every atom of our time and strength, from day to day, simply to keep up with our social obligations; this lasts all summer, and then we return to the city and recommence precisely the same life there, and it will last all winter, with only a slight mitigation in Lent.”
It is safe to say that no farmer's or miner's daughter would be able to tolerate such an existence for a month; and yet all these ladies were cultivated, independent, and full of higher tastes that remained ungratified through want of leisure.
For men of the same class there is a shade more freedom, with perhaps less refined tastes.
What can be imagined in the way of conversation