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Lady Beauty
Alan Muir
 
Lady Beauty; or, Charming to Her Latest Day, by Alan Muir. “It always is darker,” whispered an old gentleman at my side, “when Lady Beauty leaves the room—always.” This eulogistic remark is made at a dinner-table, when the ladies have departed; and the explanation of it is found in the story which the old gentleman afterwards tells,—the story of Lady Beauty’s life; a life so charming, so pure and sweet, that at fifty-three Lady Beauty’s never-fading loveliness is thus described by a rejected but faithful lover. Lady Beauty, or Sophia Campbell, is the one unworldly member of a worldly family dwelling in the little English town of Kettlewell. The teachings of her mother, Lady Barbara, and the example of her two older sisters are of no avail. For seven years she remains faithful to her absent lover, Percival Brent, and at the end of that time her loyalty is rewarded by a happy marriage,—a marriage as strongly in contrast with the alliances formed by her sisters as her amiability and gentleness are opposed to their ambition and cynicism.  1
  The story is written, so the author says, to encourage women to be charming to their latest day; and the charm he describes and urges is that of low-toned voices, of fitting raiment, of gentle manners, of lofty aims, of unobtrusive piety, and the charity which forgets and forgives,—all personified in the ideal woman, Lady Beauty. Few more delightful tales of society stand on the library shelf.  2
 
 
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