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The Wedding Guest

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The Project Gutenberg Etext of The Wedding Guest, by T.S. Arthur #15 in our series by T.S. ArthurCopyright laws are changing all over the world. Be sure to check the copyright laws for your country before downloadingor redistributing this or any other Project Gutenberg file.We encourage you to keep this file, exactly as it is, on your own disk, thereby keeping an electronic path open for futurereaders.Please do not remove this.This header should be the first thing seen when anyone starts to view the etext. Do not change or edit it without writtenpermission. The words are carefully chosen to provide users with the information they need to understand what they mayand may not do with the etext. To encourage this, we have moved most of the information to the end, rather than having itall here at the beginning.**Welcome To The World of Free Plain Vanilla Electronic Texts****Etexts Readable By Both Humans and By Computers, Since 1971*******These Etexts Were Prepared By Thousands of Volunteers!*****Information on contacting Project Gutenberg to get etexts, and further information, is included below. We need yourdonations.The Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with EIN [Employee Identification Number]64-6221541 Find out about how to make a donation at the bottom of this file.Title: The Wedding GuestAuthor: T.S. ArthurEdition: 10Language: EnglishRelease Date: November, 2003 [Etext #4620][Yes, we are more than one year ...
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The Project Gutenberg Etext of The Wedding Guest, by T.S. Arthur #15 in our series by T.S. Arthur Copyright laws are changing all over the world. Be sure to check the copyright laws for your country before downloading or redistributing this or any other Project Gutenberg file. We encourage you to keep this file, exactly as it is, on your own disk, thereby keeping an electronic path open for future readers. Please do not remove this. This header should be the first thing seen when anyone starts to view the etext. Do not change or edit it without written permission. The words are carefully chosen to provide users with the information they need to understand what they may and may not do with the etext. To encourage this, we have moved most of the information to the end, rather than having it all here at the beginning. **Welcome To The World of Free Plain Vanilla Electronic Texts** **Etexts Readable By Both Humans and By Computers, Since 1971** *****These Etexts Were Prepared By Thousands of Volunteers!***** Information on contacting Project Gutenberg to get etexts, and further information, is included below. We need your donations. The Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with EIN [Employee Identification Number] 64-6221541 Find out about how to make a donation at the bottom of this file. Title: The Wedding Guest Author: T.S. Arthur Edition: 10 Language: English Release Date: November, 2003 [Etext #4620] [Yes, we are more than one year ahead of schedule] [This file was first posted on February 20, 2002] The Project Gutenberg Etext of The Wedding Guest, by T.S. Arthur ******This file should be named twddg10.txt or twddg10.zip****** Corrected EDITIONS of our etexts get a new NUMBER, twddg11.txt VERSIONS based on separate sources get new LETTER, twddg10a.txt This etext was created by Charles Aldarondo (Aldarondo@yahoo.com) Project Gutenberg Etexts are often created from several printed editions, all of which are confirmed as Public Domain in the US unless a copyright notice is included. Thus, we usually do not keep etexts in compliance with any particular paper edition. The "legal small print" and other information about this book may now be found at the end of this file. Please read this important information, as it gives you specific rights and tells you about restrictions in how the file may be used. THE WEDDING GUEST: A FRIEND OF THE BRIDE AND BRIDEGROOM. EDITED BY T.S. ARTHUR. CHICAGO, ILL.: 1856. THERE is no relation in life so important—none involving so much of happiness or misery, as that of husband and wife. Yet, how rarely is it, that the parties when contracting this relation, have large experience, clear insight into character, or truly know themselves! In each other, they may have the tenderest confidence, and for each other the warmest love; but, only a brief time can pass ere they will discover that the harmonious progression of two minds, each of which has gained an individual and independent movement is not always a thing of easy attainment. Too soon, alas! is felt a jar of discord —too soon self-will claims an individual freedom of action that is not fully accorded; and unless there is wisdom and forbearance, temporary or permanent unhappiness is sure to follow. Much has been written on the true relation of married partners, and we cannot do a better service to the bride and bridegroom, than by gathering words of wisdom on this subject from all sources within our reach, and presenting them in as attractive a form as possible. And this we have done in the present volume, to which, as the title-page indicates, we bear only the relation of editor. In it will be found pictures of life, serious counsel, earnest admonition, and hints and suggestions, which, if wisely followed, will keep the sky bright with sunshine, or scatter the gathering clouds ere they break in angry storms. May this "WEDDING GUEST" receive as warm a welcome as we desire. CONTENTS. THE EVENING BEFORE MARRIAGE 7 THE WIFE 14 MARRIAGE 30 THE BRIDE'S SISTER 34 LOVE vs. HEALTH 35 THE YOUNG HOUSEKEEPER 45 TO AN ABSENT WIFE 57 THE WORD OF PRAISE 58 LETTERS TO A YOUNG WIFE FROM A MARRIED LADY 71 THE WIFE 82 BE GENTLE WITH THY WIFE 83 A TRUE TALE OF LIFE 84 MAN AND WOMAN 102 THE FAIRY WIFE—AN APOLOGUE 106 A BRIEF HISTORY, IN THREE PARTS, WITH A SEQUEL 109 ELMA'S MISSION 111 LIVING LIKE A LADY 128 LADY LUCY'S SECRET 133 A WORD FOR WIVES 144, NO JEWELLED BEAUTY 147 THE FIRST MARRIAGE IN THE FAMILY 148 ONLY A FEW WORDS 156 THE TWO HOMES 163 LOVE'S FAIRY RING 170 FANNIE'S BRIDAL 172 THE LOVER AND THE HUSBAND 182 NELLIE 185 A HOME IN THE HEART 192 A LEAF FROM A FAMILY JOURNAL 193 TRIFLES 205 DOMESTIC HAPPINESS 224 A SYLVAN MORALITY; OR, A WORD TO WIVES 282 PASSAGES FROM A YOUNG WIFE'S DIARY 245 HINTS AND HELPS FOR MARRIED PARTNERS 254 THREE WAYS OF MANAGING A WIFE 285 THE WEDDING GUEST. THE EVENING BEFORE MARRIAGE. "WE shall certainly be very happy together!" said Louise to her aunt on the evening before her marriage, and her cheeks glowed with a deeper red, and her eyes shone with delight. When a bride says we, it may easily be guessed whom of all persons in the world she means thereby. "I do not doubt it, dear Louise," replied her aunt. "See only that you continue happy together." "Oh, who can doubt that we shall continue so! I know myself. I have faults, indeed, but my love for him will correct them. And so long as we love each other, we cannot be unhappy. Our love will never grow old." "Alas!" sighed her aunt, "thou dost speak like a maiden of nineteen, on the day before her marriage, in the intoxication of wishes fulfilled, of fair hopes and happy omens. Dear child, remember this—even the heart in time grows cold. Days will come when the magic of the senses shall fade. And when this enchantment has fled, then it first becomes evident whether we are truly worthy of love. When custom has made familiar the charms that are most attractive, when youthful freshness has died away, and with the brightness of domestic life, more and more shadows have mingled, then, Louise, and not till then, can the wife say of the husband, 'He is worthy of love;' then, first, the husband say of the wife, 'She blooms in imperishable beauty.' But, truly, on the day before marriage, such assertions sound laughable to me." "I understand you, dear aunt. You would say that our mutual virtues alone can in later years give us worth for each other. But is not he to whom I am to belong—for of myself I can boast nothing but the best intentions—is he not the worthiest, noblest of all the young men of the city? Blooms not in his soul, every virtue that tends to make life happy?" "My child," replied her aunt, "I grant it. Virtues bloom in thee as well as in him; I can say this to thee without flattery. But, dear heart, they bloom only, and are not yet ripened beneath the sun's heat
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