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afford material have no taste; so that after us,
and the women whom Worth manages to make
look decently in spite of themselves, there is
nothing but a multitude of hideously-attired
persons, who make the very streets appalling
either by dreariness or gaudiness:—they never
have any medium. Now a peasant gfrl of the
Marche, or of the Agro Eomana, or of the Pays de
Vaud, is charming, because her garments have
beauty of hue in them, and that other beauty
which comes from perfect suitabUity and------Ah!
come sta Duca ? "
She interrupted herself, and turned to Della
Eocca, who was standing behind her, the servant's
announcement of him having been unheard: it was
her day to receive.
" Oh, that the rest of your sex, Madame," he
said, after his salutations were made, " could sit
at your feet and take in those words of wisdom !
Yes, I heard most that you said; I can understand
your tongue a Uttle; you are so right; it is the
duty of every woman to make herself as fuU of
grace as she can; all cannot be lovely, but none
need be unlovely."