Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Happy Bride

A quote from my book, These Is My Words, The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine 1881-1901, Arizona Territory


May 22, 1882



I have started to read a book named The Happy Bride. It is all about how a girl should act and what men expect from the girl they want to marry and such. It is a wonderful book and I plan to study it hard and put it to practice. The first thing I must do is become more religious. I will have to learn to be a ‘righteous example of piety and purity, virtuous to a fault, kind and sharing,’ if I am to be the Happy Bride in the book. … This book says ‘a young lady is never safe when in close physical proximity to a gentleman, and although he would pursue her, he thinks all the more of her if she rebuffs him heartily.’ So I will think of the hearty rebuff that I will tell … any man who presumes to be in close physical proximity. … I will study this book so the first chance I get not to be an old maid I will be ready.
That journal entry made me smile. Maybe I should study that book....

8 comments:

  1. so i read that journal entry 3 times before i figured out that it was a journal entry and not your reaction to reading her journal entry. :)

    sounds like an interesting book!

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  2. Oh yeah...it refuses to put in quotation marks - that makes it confusing.

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