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Unformatted text preview: activity, but rarely do their purposes remain fixed long enough for
success. As a rule this class is inconstant in affections, though warm and sympathetic. They gush but never
organize their philanthropic efforts, so that they rarely do any real good. Often the most lovable of people, CHAPTER XVII. 135 they are at the same time the despair of those who know them best.
M. is a woman who makes a fine first impression, is very pretty, with nice manners and a quick, flattering
interest in every one she meets. She is usually classed as intelligent because she is vivacious, that is, her mind
follows the trend of things quickly, and she marshals whatever she knows very readily. As one who knows her
well says, "She shows all her goods the first time. You really do not know how slender her stock in trade is
until you see the same goods and tricks every time you meet her." Needless to say her critic is a woman.
M. is interested in something new each week. The "new" usually fascinates her, and she becomes so
extraordinarily busy that she hardly has time to eat or sleep. She is always put on committees if the
organization heads do not know her, but if they do, she is carefully slated for something of no importance.
After a short time her interest has shifted to something else. Thus she passes from work in behalf of blind
babies to raising funds for a home for indigent actors; from energy spent in philanthropy to energy spent in
learning the latest dances. Her enthusiasm never cools off, though its goal always changes.
Fortunately she is married to a rich man who views her with affection and a shrug of his shoulders. Her
children know her; now and then, she becomes extraordinarily interested in their welfare, much to their
disgust and rebellion, for they have long since sized her up.
She has often been on the verge of a love affair with some man who is professionally interested in something
into which she has leaped for a short time. She raves about him, follows him, flatters and adores him, and
then, before the poor fellow knows where he is at, she is out of love and off somewhere else. This mutability
of affection has undoubtedl...
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