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[61] are really just as marketable as anything else, so long as there are other people who wish to learn or borrow them. It is common to say that adversity comes peculiarly hard on those who are new to it, but the truth is that such sufferers often feel it less than those who have been ground down by it all the time. The courage of the new beginners is better; their spirits are better. I have known young girls who pronounced it “a lark” to have their fathers lose all their possessions, so that they themselves could have the new excitement of self-support. Again, they have usually more friends and more zealous counsellors than those who have been poor all their lives. In our easy American society a sudden loss of property does not, as in older countries, at once transfer a person to a different social grade; we see too many ups and downs for that; and towards a young woman especially, who is obliged to shift for herself, there is usually a cordial and generous sentiment among the friends of more prosperous hours. It is apt to be easier for her to obtain work or instruction or capital than if she had always been poor. The things essential are energy, a cheerful spirit, and a quick discovery of the gift, whatever it is, that will be her strongest hold.

As to the selection of this gift, it is, perhaps, good advice to say, Try the thing that you can do

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