It may be harder for a woman to make money; undoubtedly it is harder.
She makes a dollar, perhaps, where a man makes twenty; but when it comes to purchasing power, her dollar goes the farthest towards the maintenance of a home.
So long as she retains that, she is strong and self-respecting; and even if she parts with it, so strong is the instinct of home that she can sometimes reconstruct it for herself even in a boarding-house.
If the home is combined with a little freedom in the use of money, it gives more comfort and more local prestige than a lone man can win by a fortune.
What would be the social condition of any country village in our Atlantic States without its first-class Maiden Lady
She is the daughter of “old Squire
” somebody, or of “Parson” somebody else; she lives in the great square house with its elms, and its white lilacs, and its breezy hall; she has a maid or two, who have lived with her so long that they seem like half-sisters; she has in daily use the precious china and the old chairs that her envious city nieces try vainly to rival at auction-rooms.
She manages the book club and the church sociable; she is the confidante of all the love affairs; she calls upon the new-comers, if worthy-indeed, the new-comers, if worthy, bring letters to her. To the older inhabitants of the town she always seems young and elegant; she has a prolonged tradition of precedence that