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[177] There is probably no period in the life of any man, no matter how successful or powerful, which is so intoxicating, and so sums up all that is fascinating in the way of homage, as the few years' reign of an acknowledged belle. When we consider that the man of iron, William Lloyd Garrison, used, in his devout Calvinistic youth, to attend a certain church in Boston simply to catch a glimpse of the beautiful Miss Emily Marshall as she went in or out, we have a condensed example of the extraordinary power placed by nature in the hands of beauty and grace and youth. The sternest moralists, the soberest philosophers, are compelled to own its sway, and to place the radiance of blossoming womanhood at the head of all nature's visible loveliness:

What stars do spangle heaven with such beauty
As those two eyes become that heavenly face?

And as a part of this unequalled charm resides in the clement of youthfulness, so youth alone suffices for beauty, in a degree, and throws enchantment around homely features. It is not strange, then, that women should cling to youth and shrink from recognizing the fact of age, even to the suppression of the record in the family Bible.

But it would be wronging womanhood to admit this to be the whole or even the chief part of the story. Often in a family of sisters, she who had

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