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France - Houskeeping - Part 1
FRENCH housekeeping may be described as the glorification of simplicity, a supreme economy of time, outlay, and worry. Nothing more conspicuously exemplifies the ply of the French mind.
France - Houskeeping - Part 2
The following figures and calculations have been supplied by experienced French householders. Although a quarter of a century ago I spent an unbroken twelve-month in Brittany, and since that period have passed a sum-total of many years on French soil, I have always lodged under native roots and sat down to native boards.
France - Holiday Making
A FRENCHMAN'S notion of holiday is to see as much as possible of his relations, and to gather his own peaches.
France - The Baby
THE French baby usually comes into the world an heir. Outside the venue of penury and lawlessness, it may be said that every Gallic bantling is born with a silver spoon in its mouth.
France - The Girl
THE French girl is a very delicate piece of Nature's handiwork, art adding the final touch. On the threshold of life she may be said to form a feminine type apart.
France - The Boy
If M. Jean Aicard indicts the feminine rather than the paternal head of a house, we must remember that in the home a Frenchwoman's rule is autocratic.
France - Conscripts
I was awaited by a friend at Dijon, so, finding that they could be of no use to me, the two middle-aged conscripts took leave, looking anything but elate.
France - Brides And Bridegrooms
In France wedlock is no mere individual, but a family matter, a kind of joint-stock affair. An Englishman marries a wife. A Frenchman takes not only his bride for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, but her entire kith and kin, fortunately a far less numerous contingent than with us.
France - Wives And Mothers
IN most French households women reign with unchallenged sway ; they wield all the rule, one empire. Let not such feminine headship be summarily attributed to uxoriousness on the one side or to a masterful spirit on the other.
France - The Single Lady
Realizing the absolute necessity of a dowry, then, an elder sister will sometimes betake herself to a convent in order that a younger may make a brilliant or suitable marriage. Quite possibly, also, she may act thus on a brother's behalf, enabling him by the same means to add to family wealth and prestige. No sacrifice is considered too great for la famille in France.
France - The Domestic Help
Le confortable, now so frequent on French lips, is used strictly in a material sense, implying the conveniences of life and the enjoyment of well-being generally. How widely standards of material comfort differ in the two countries is forcibly brought home to us by the condition of the domestic help.
France - Messieurs Les Deputes
The tricolour scarf of the French depute confers privileges that may well make their brother legislators here green with envy. His services are remunerated almost as liberally as those of a general or a bishop. He travels first class free of charge on French rail-ways.
France - The Officer
Indebtedness is impossible to a French officer. From pecuniary embarrassments and involvements with money-lenders he is guarded by a code almost Draconian in its severity. Even before the reorganization of the army in 1872 an officer could not contract debts.
France - The Country Doctor
When more than a quarter of a century ago I spent a year in Brittany and Anjou, I constantly heard it asserted that the nuns starved out the country doctors. Where the choice lay between nun and doctor, the peasants, alike the well-to-do and the needy, would prefer to go to the former, as often the handier and always the cheaper.
France - My Friend Monsieur Le Cure
The French Government acknowledges and subsidizes in equal proportion four religions—namely, the Roman Catholic, the Protestant, the Jewish, and in Algeria the Mohammedan ; though it must be remembered that there are about thirty Catholics to one Protestant, and there are only about fifty synagogues in all France.
France - The Protestant Pastor
Partly owing to other circumstance, a parsonage, unlike the majority of French homes, is not hedged round by a Chinese wall. When young people from England or Scandinavia want to perfect themselves in French and see something of French family life, the only doors open to them are those of the presbytère.
France - The Professor Of Agriculture
Self-deprecation is a French characteristic. Our neighbours never tire of stultifying themselves as a nation of functionaries, a social body made up of small placemen. Some writers, in this predilection for administrative routine, even discern a canker-worm preying upon national vitality.
France - The Judge De Paix
It is now twenty-five years since I made the acquaintance of M. D-, juge de paix of a canton in the Jura. We came to know each other in this way. I had hired a carriage for the three hours' drive from the superbly situated little town of Morez on the Bienne to the still more superbly situated little bishopric of St. Claude.
France - The Tax Collector
In a certain sense an Englishman's home is a caravanserai, whilst a Frenchman's is a closely fortified castle, tradition here being completely at fault. This reflection has often crossed my mind when spending week after week in French country houses.
France - The Young Business Lady
I have mentioned a young business lady's keen appreciation of high dramatic art. But taste is so generally cultivated in France that the trait is by no means exceptional. It may, indeed, be said that up to a certain point every French man or woman is an artist.
France - A Great Lady Merchant
My friend Madame Veuve M- belongs to what is called in France - le haut commerce. In other words, she is a merchant, head of a wholesale house, as important as any of its kind in Paris.
France - An Aspirant To The Comedie Francaise
I LOVE Paris Parisien, the Paris not of cosmopolitan pleasure-seekers and idlers, but of the work-a-day world, Belleville and the Buttes Chaumont, the quays of the Canal St. Martin, the faubourg St. Antoine, above all, the Place de la Nation, with its monuments, sparkling basin fountains and shaded swards, Tuileries gardens of humble toilers.
France - The Village Schoolmaster
AS we all know, education in France is nonsectarian, obligatory, and gratuitous. How much store is set by the splendid educational opportunities afforded every French child the following story will show.
France - Jacques Bonhomme
Jacques Bonhomme has his faults and short-comings with the rest of mortal born. He may occasionally remind us of Zola's caricatures or De Maupassant's scathing portraiture, rarely may we encounter George Sand's ideals.
France - Restaurant Keeping In Paris
Well pleased with the prospect of fresh insight into bourgeois life, a week or two later I started for Paris, my first visit being paid to Marcel's restaurant. I had known the young proprietor from his childhood, and Marcel he still remained to me.
France - Hours In Val De Grace
I HATE sights, wrote Charles Lamb, and with myself the speech touches a sympathetic chord. I do not suppose that I should ever have visited the Church of Val-de-Grâce ; certainly I should never have crossed the threshold of the great military hospital as a sightseer.
France - My Journey With Madame La Patronne
THE gist of French travel, to my thinking, lies in French companionship. Native eyes help to sharpen our own, and native wit enlivens every passing incident.
France - The Lycee Fenelon For Girls
GENERATION ago the education of French girls was far behind that of England and Germany. I have no hesitation today in affirming its superiority to both Anglo-Saxon and Teutonic systems.
France - La Maison Paternelle, Or Reformation For Young Gentlemen
WE are all familiar with the advertisements of schoolmasters and private tutors undertaking to control and amend idle or unruly lads. Incorrigible ne'er-do-wells of our own upper classes are summarily packed off to the colonies.
France - The Family Council
ITS ORIGIN AND HISTORY cannot with any certitude determine the origin of that extra-legal tribunal in France, known as the Conseil de Famille, a domestic court of justice accessible alike to rich and poor and at nominal cost.
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