Women Keeping secrets.
--A new doctrine is being promulgated by All the Year Round
Hear it: "We laugh at the women's tongue, and wonder when a woman keeps a secret, but every true woman keeps a box of choice reserves for her own private indulgence.
The man's mysteries are not hers; if he cannot keep them to himself let him expect them to be blown abroad.
Her own secrets of love, of loss, of self-denial, of unsuspected suffering, no woman exposes altogether, even to her nearest friend.
There never lived a husband happy in the true love of his wife, who fairly knew all the depths of her mind about him. Every man profits stupidly by the wise little perceptions except in deeds, of which we vaguely ascribe the fitness to a special faculty called woman's fact.
Women, in short, keep to themselves four-fifths of the secrets of society, and do it with a winning air of frankness all their own.
A man with a secret will be stony, or pretentious, or provokingly suggestive!
he will keep his mouth ostentatiously.
A woman is too absolutely secret to set up a public sign over whatever may lie buried in her mind.--She gossips, prattles, pours out what she does not care to hold, with such an air of unreserved simplicity that all mankind is mystified, and says in friendly jest, 'a woman only hides what she don't know.'
Among the uneducated poor this difference between the woman and the man is most conspicuous.
The innate powers of her sex place her at once upon an eminence which man can only reach by education.
She must often be tied to one in whom there is often not the grain of understanding requisite to the formation of true sympathy.
By far the greater number of the wives of unskilled laborers and mechanics, live more or less happily, and more or less conscious of the hidden life within them, having such a seal upon their minds and heart."