XX. “quite rustic.”
There lies before me a letter from one of those women who are doing more, as I sometimes think, to mould the future of America
than any other class of women, or than any men; They are the higher grade of teachers in the high-schools, academies, and colleges of our Western States.
They are as well trained, intellectually, for the most part, as their sisters of the Eastern States
, have quite as often had the advantages of foreign travel; and derive from the life of newer communities, and from the more varied material under their charge a certain breadth of view and freedom from tradition which are rarer at the East
The Eastern colleges, and conspicuously Wellesley
, draw much of their supply of teachers from this class, who thus give back to the East
that benefit of culture which was formerly supposed to flow westward.
Thus much for my authority; the passage in the letter that most strikes me is this; “We have in school a lovely girl from the country.
She is rustic, shy, lovely, and dainty.
She reminds me of what Ruskin
says somewhere, that perhaps ”