had not tabulated any statistics on that point, although, judging from the frequency with which wedding-cards came through the post-office, the graduates were in a fair way to be married quite as fast as was desirable, possibly faster.
And Sir John was apparently a little relieved when, on exhibiting to him the gymnasium, sheik pointed out the use of various articles of apparatus for physical improvement.
he said, “that, now, is very interesting indeed; that is excellent.
After all, don't you know, nothing improves a girl's chances like a good carriage of the person!”
Why is it that nobody ever speaks of a man's “chances” in a sense wholly matrimonial?
Perhaps they do in England
, where, I must say, one grows accustomed to hearing the worldly side of marriage presented in a way that rather disgusts an American; but even a travelling Englishman would hardly, I fancy, go through Harvard
asking himself whether the lecture-rooms and the gymnasium were likely to hinder or help the young men's chances of marriage.
Yet he-and possibly some of our own countrymen also-would use this odd phrase about women without thinking of its oddity.
The assumption is, of course, that marriage is the one momentous event of a woman's life, and a very subordinate matter in a man's; and, moreover, that in a woman's case it is a matter of chance, and