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illustrated.1843 Excerpt: ... COLDNESS OF MANNERS ACCOUNTED FOR.
173 in preceding all his competitors in the enjoyment of its most
material advantages. "France has been proverbial for grace of
manner. But the manners of France are undergoing a sensible change,
under the influence of the new order of things. Her gentlemen are
becoming grave as they become thoughtful. Any one may'libserve, in
passing through French society, the difference between the two
schools. I confess that my taste is for the modern. I have been so
much accustomed to the simplicity of American manners, as to find
something that is congenial in the well-bred English, that is
wanting in the well-bred French deportment, and precisely for the
reason that it is still a little more natural. So far as this
distinction goes, I honestly believe the Englishman has the
advantage. But, with honourable exceptions, it will not do to push
English complaisance too far. Perhaps, if we attempt a comparison,
I shall be better understood. "The Englishman and the American
have, in a great degree, a common manner. I do not now speak of the
gentlemen of the two countries, for much intercourse is rapidly
assimilating the class every where, but of the deportment of the
two entire nations. You will find both cold. There is certainly no
great difference in the men, though more may be observed in the
women. The English say that our women are much too cold, and we say
that theirs are artificial without always being graceful. Of
course, I speak of the mass, and not of exceptions in either case.
Our women are, as you see, eminently feminine, in air,
conversation, and feeling, and they are also eminently natural. You
may find them cold, for, to be honest, they find you a little
artificial; but, with their countrymen, they are frank, sincere,
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