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Uttle touches which should always come from
oneself, and which can alone give originaUty.
That is why aU that herd of women, who reaUy do
go to Worth but yet are nobodies, look hardly the
better for him; he thinks about us, and we think
about ourselves; but he doesn't thJTiTf about
them, and as they have no thought themselves
the result is that they aU look as conventional
and simUar as if they were doUs dressed for a
bazaar. Women ought to be educated to more
sense of colour and form. Even an ugly woman
ought to be taught that it is her duty to make her
ugliness as Uttle disagreeable as possible. If the
eyes and the taste of women were cultivated by
artistic study, an Ul-dressed woman would be¬
come an impossibiUty. If I were ever so poor,"
continued the Lady HUda impressively, " if I
were ever so poor, and had to sew my own gowns,
and make them of serge or of dimity, I would cut
them so that Giorgione or Gainsborough, if they
were Uving, would be able to look at me with
complaisancy—or at aU events without a shudder.
It is not half so much a question of material as it
is of taste. But nowadays the people who cannot