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Sect. 3.– Decision of Character. — Why as necessary to women
Women capable of it in a high degree. — Evils
Sect. 2. Observation. Its value in connection with spirit of
Sect. 3. - Attention. - Some studies more favorable than others
Sect. 4. - Association. Different kinds of association. - In-
Sect. 5. - Cultivation of Reason. Habits of reasoning depend
Sect. 6. — Language as influencing the habits of reasoning. -
Knowledge thought useless when it brings no worldly advantage.
CULTURE OF THE IMAGINATION .
Enthusiasm ; danger to women. — Love of the beautiful. -
THOUGHTS ON SELF-CULTURE.
GENERAL VIEW OF WOMAN'S POSITION AND INFLUENCE.
THROUGHOUT the many changes that woman's social position has undergone in past and present times, its importance has never been wholly overlooked. The condition of woman may vary from slavery and degradation, to refinement and freedom, according to the age or country we consider; but the Asiatic who dreads her emancipation, the savage who enforces her labor, or the enlightened European who seeks in her a companion and friend, all alike, with hope or with fear, tacitly or avowedly, acknowledge the vital consequence of the position she occupies.
An able writer of our own day has spent much research in tracing through the various phases of human society the influence of different institutions and forms of civilization upon woman's position, as an introduction to considering that position in the present day. To her brilliant sketch we refer our readers as establishing more clearly than any reasoning could prove it, the constant and inevitable reaction upon society of the different modes of estimating woman's condition and influence. * When we have traced this reaction upon the stern patriotism
* Woman's Rights and Duties, Vol. I., first four chapters.