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[29] effect upon the other sister, and was almost as suddenly fatal. In each case it scarcely seemed like death, but like the sundering of some exquisitely delicate cord.
We scarce could say, She died;
So sweetly anchored on the other side.

In thinking on this sudden extinction of a household, my thoughts have often turned back upon the fact of that household itself; how complete it was, how contented, how serene, and how thoroughly feminine. After all, let men boast as much as they please, and women complain as much, there is one immense advantage in the position of women-that they can create a home for themselves unaided, as men can not. How independent seems the life of a young unmarried man compared to that of a young woman! How the sister usually envies the brother! But by a silent compensation in nature, as years advance, the balance changes, and if they are left alone in the world it is the brother who has reason to envy the sister. β€œA bachelor's life,” says some one, β€œis a splendid breakfast, a tolerably flat dinner, and a most miserable supper.” A single man may have an estate, a principality ; he can own a great hotel and fill it with guests; but he cannot create a home without a woman to help him, and that, too, a woman whose service is not for

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