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Friday, 19 October 2012

Regency etiquette

"One of the chief beauties in a female character is that modest reserve, that retiring delicacy, which avoids the public eye and is disconcerted even at the gaze of admiration. When a girl ceases to blush, she has lost the most powerful charm of beauty. That extreme sensibility which it indicates may be considered as a weakness and encumbrance to the other sex but in females is peculiarly engaging. Nature has made them to blush when they are guilty of no fault and has forced men to love them because they do so."
The Female Instructor 1811 

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