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[215] but simply sit all day looking out of the window, watching for some rich stranger to come and marry them. This dreary condition finds as yet no counterpart in America. The great success of Little Women in England was largely due, no doubt, to the novelty of the situation there rendered — the family of maidens, all poor, all busy, all happy, and all content to wait to be wooed and won as it might please Providence. What with higher education and lectures and clubs and charity work, the difficulty is to find an unoccupied young woman in any family. That old life, so blameless and aimless, seems to have passed away. There are still plenty of maiden aunts, but they are not to be drafted into collateral service. Indeed, they turn out not even to outnumber the bachelors, since the statistics show that the 600,000 extra women of Massachusetts, for instance, are not maidens, but widows. Now the vocation of a widow,whatever else it may be, is surely not wont to be a vocation of ennui, but of care.

There are undoubtedly persons who are born tired, and there are women who were bored with their first dolls. These are exceptional, not normal. In this country, it may be laid down as a rule that youth of either

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