By E. F. Ellet
a few buddies have objected, prematurely, to the name of this quantity, at the flooring that the time period "queens," as utilized to the themes, turns out misplaced within the society of a republic. but when we bring to mind how regularly and universally the expression is utilized in traditional dialog, it has to be conceded that no different could do in addition. we're all familiar with pay attention of any prime woman that she is "a ideal queen," the "queen of society," a "reigning belle," the "queen of the occasion," &c. The word is in each one's mouth, and not anyone is misled by means of it. The sway of good looks and model, too, is largely royal; there's not anything republican approximately it. each, belle, each chief of the ton, is despotic in percentage to her energy; and the standard of imperial authority is de facto inseparable from her kingdom. I retain, hence, that no identify is so simply and acceptable to the ladies illustrated during this paintings, as that of " queens."
It can be notion that an excessive amount of area has been given to private description and debts of gown and entertainments. it's going to be borne in brain, that the topics are the flora of the sex—choice and cultivated flowers—not representatives of womankind in most cases. To them particularly and inevitably pertain the Adornments of individual and the luxurious of atmosphere; and in scenes of festal exhibit they're the celebs of allure. to provide them with out the adjuncts and institutions of gown and gayety will be reasonable neither to them nor the reader. there's value, too, within the kind of ornament and amusements, in addition to that of day-by-day dwelling. the fashion widely used within the early days of the republic differed commonly from the current, as does that of the West and the South from ours within the city and the Atlantic cities.
In a rustic so extensive—embracing such diversities in weather, behavior of existence, and tone of the community—it can't definitely be anticipated that society must have regularly and all over an analogous triumphing gains. the variations are marked in numerous sections; and a social favourite in a single can be appeared in one other as entitled to no contrast. it will likely be noticeable, consequently, how unfair it might be to degree by means of an analogous principles those that were made not like through varied beginning, customs, and coaching. There are issues of similarity adequate, if a extensive and liberal view of different stipulations be taken.
I belief the candid reader will admit that the ladies such a lot favourite in our society have had greater than frivolous claims to contrast; that they have got possessed excessive ethical worthy and improved mind. lots of them have dedicated their impact and efforts to works of charity. it's the blessing of recent York— so justly reproached because the temple of money-worship—that her such a lot increased society is pervaded by way of a noble spirit of benevolence, and the refinement of flavor starting to be out of psychological tradition. A line 6f contrast is drawn among the category that confers honor at the kingdom, and mere shallow and vulgar pretenders whose lavish reveal of wealth is their merely benefit. ample fabrics for the representation of this latter type have been handy, yet they've got no longer been used. It has looked as if it would me accomplished view of the simplest society will be a priceless a part of the country's history.