176 TN A WINTER CITY.
" Exactly; women are reproached with thinking
too much about dress, but the real truth is, they
do not think enough about it—in the right way.
They talk about it dreadfully, in the vulgarest
fashion, but bring any thought to it they don't.
Most women wUl wear anything if it be only de
riguewr. I beUeve if I, and Princess Metternich,
and Madame de Gallifet, and Madame Aguado,
and a few like us wore that pea-green sUk coat
and waistcoat which the Advanced Thought
Ladies of America are advocating as the best
new kind of dress for women, that you would
see ten thousand pea-green coats and waistcoats
blazing in the streets the week afterwards------"
" Not a bad idea for the Cotton Costume ball,"
said Madame Mila. " I wUl have a pea-green
coat and waistcoat, a taU hat, and hessians ; and
caU myself ' Advanced Thought.' "
" To be completely in character, MUa, you
must have blue spectacles, a penny whistle, a
phial fuU of nostrums, a magpie for your emblem,
and a caUco banner, inscribed ' Everything is
*' Charming! It shaU be th<» best thing there.