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[279] Sally; Mollie has hardly yet achieved its position; and Nancy still holds out, though sure to yield to Nancie. Among men's names the influence is as inevitable, though more slowly exerted, Willie and Charlie being well established in place of Willy and Charley; and Harrie is already beginning to offer itself as a substitute for Harry, it seems, even on the Harvard College catalogue. However we may regret the change, it looks as if Harry would yet follow the analogy of the other names, and terminate in ie at last.

It is thus plain that, both in the use of the familiar name and in the form of its ending, women have simply yielded earlier than men to a current that reaches both sexes. Both these tendencies I deprecate, being, as was said, an old-fashioned person as to these matters. Yet I must admit that I have heard of one case where the official use of the pet name was quite justified. I was told by the president's secretary at Vassar College that a student just arrived was once called upon by the lady principal to give her name to be recorded in the books. She gave it promptly as “Kittie.” “Do you not think, my dear young friend,” said the dignified official, “that it is a pity to employ so trivial a name in a serious matter? Nothing can justify it unless there is something very uncouth or difficult ”

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