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THE COMPLETE ESSAYS OF CHARLES DUDLEY WARNER

BACKLOG EDITION

THE COMPLETE WRITINGS

OF CHARLES DUDLEY WARNER

1904

CONTENTS OF THE ENTIRE VOLUME:

AS WE WERE SAYING

ROSE AND CHRYSANTHEMUM

THE RED BONNET

THE LOSS IN CIVILIZATION

SOCIAL SCREAMING

DOES REFINEMENT KILL INDIVIDUALITY?

THE DIRECTOIRE GOWN

THE MYSTERY OF THE SEX

THE CLOTHES OF FICTION

THE BROAD A

CHEWING GUM

WOMEN IN CONGRESS

SHALL WOMEN PROPOSE?

FROCKS AND THE STAGE

ALTRUISM

SOCIAL CLEARING-HOUSE

DINNER-TABLE TALK

NATURALIZATION

ART OF GOVERNING

LOVE OF DISPLAY

VALUE OF THE COMMONPLACE

THE BURDEN OF CHRISTMAS

THE RESPONSIBILITY OF WRITERS

THE CAP AND GOWN

A TENDENCY OF THE AGE

A LOCOED NOVELIST

AS WE GO

OUR PRESIDENT

THE NEWSPAPER-MADE MAN

INTERESTING GIRLS

GIVE THE MEN A CHANCE

THE ADVENT OF CANDOR

THE AMERICAN MAN

THE ELECTRIC WAY

CAN A HUSBAND OPEN HIS WIFE'S LETTERS?

A LEISURE CLASS

WEATHER AND CHARACTER

BORN WITH AN "EGO"

JUVENTUS MUNDI

A BEAUTIFUL OLD AGE

THE ATTRACTION OF THE REPULSIVE

GIVING AS A LUXURY

CLIMATE AND HAPPINESS

THE NEW FEMININE RESERVE

REPOSE IN ACTIVITY

WOMEN--IDEAL AND REAL

THE ART OF IDLENESS

IS THERE ANY CONVERSATION

THE TALL GIRL

THE DEADLY DIARY

THE WHISTLING GIRL

BORN OLD AND RICH

THE "OLD SOLDIER"

THE ISLAND OF BIMINI

JUNE

NINE SHORT ESSAYS

A NIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF THE TUILERIES

TRUTHFULNESS

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

LITERATURE AND THE STAGE

THE LIFE-SAVING AND LIFE PROLONGING ART

"H.H." IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

SIMPLICITY

THE ENGLISH VOLUNTEERS DURING THE LATE INVASION

NATHAN HALE

FASHIONS IN LITERATURE

THE AMERICAN NEWSPAPER

CERTAIN DIVERSITIES OF AMERICAN LIFE

THE PILGRIM, AND THE AMERICAN OF TODAY--[1892]

SOME CAUSES OF THE PREVAILING DISCONTENT

THE EDUCATION OF THE NEGRO

THE INDETERMINATE SENTENCE

LITERARY COPYRIGHT

THE RELATION OF LITERATURE TO LIFE

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH BY THOMAS R. LOUNSBURY.

THE RELATION OF LITERATURE TO LIFE

"EQUALITY"

WHAT IS YOUR CULTURE TO ME?

MODERN FICTION

THOUGHTS SUGGESTED BY MR. FROUDE'S "PROGRESS"

ENGLAND

THE NOVEL AND THE COMMON SCHOOL

THE PEOPLE FOR WHOM SHAKESPEARE WROTE

AS WE WERE SAYING

By Charles Dudley Warner

BACKLOG EDITION

THE COMPLETE WRITINGS

OF CHARLES DUDLEY WARNER

1904

AS WE WERE SAYING

CONTENTS: (25 Short Studies)

ROSE AND CHRYSANTHEMUM

THE RED BONNET

THE LOSS IN CIVILIZATION

SOCIAL SCREAMING

DOES REFINEMENT KILL INDIVIDUALITY?

THE DIRECTOIRE GOWN

THE MYSTERY OF THE SEX

THE CLOTHES OF FICTION

THE BROAD A

CHEWING GUM

WOMEN IN CONGRESS

SHALL WOMEN PROPOSE?

FROCKS AND THE STAGE

ALTRUISM

SOCIAL CLEARING-HOUSE

DINNER-TABLE TALK

NATURALIZATION

ART OF GOVERNING

LOVE OF DISPLAY

VALUE OF THE COMMONPLACE

THE BURDEN OF CHRISTMAS

THE RESPONSIBILITY OF WRITERS

THE CAP AND GOWN

A TENDENCY OF THE AGE

A LOCOED NOVELIST

ROSE AND CHRYSANTHEMUM

The Drawer will still bet on the rose. This is not a wager, but only a

strong expression of opinion. The rose will win. It does not look so now.

To all appearances, this is the age of the chrysanthemum. What this gaudy

flower will be, daily expanding and varying to suit the whim of fashion,

no one can tell. It may be made to bloom like the cabbage; it may spread

out like an umbrella--it can never be large enough nor showy enough to

suit us. Undeniably it is very effective, especially in masses of

gorgeous color. In its innumerable shades and enlarging proportions, it

is a triumph of the gardener. It is a rival to the analine dyes and to

the marabout feathers. It goes along with all the conceits and fantastic

unrest of the decorative art. Indeed, but for the discovery of the

capacities of the chrysanthemum, modern life would have experienced a

fatal hitch in its development. It helps out our age of plush with a

flame of color. There is nothing shamefaced or retiring about it, and it

already takes all provinces for its own. One would be only

half-married--civilly, and not fashionably--without a chrysanthemum

wedding; and it lights the way to the tomb. The maiden wears a bunch of

it in her corsage in token of her blooming expectations, and the young

man flaunts it on his coat lapel in an effort to be at once effective and

in the mode. Young love that used to express its timid desire with the

violet, or, in its ardor, with the carnation, now seeks to bring its

emotions to light by the help of the chrysanthemum. And it can express

every shade of feeling, from the rich yellow of prosperous wooing to the

brick-colored weariness of life that is hardly distinguishable from the

liver complaint. It is a little stringy for a boutonniere, but it fills

the modern-trained eye as no other flower can fill it. We used to say

that a girl was as sweet as a rose; we have forgotten that language. We

used to call those tender additions to society, on the eve of their event

into that world which is always so eager to receive fresh young life,

"rose-buds"; we say now simply "buds," but we mean chrysanthemum buds.

They are as beautiful as ever; they excite the same exquisite interest;

perhaps in their maiden hearts they are one or another variety of that

flower which bears such a sweet perfume in all literature; but can it

make no difference in character whether a young girl comes out into the

garish world as a rose or as a chrysanthemum? Is her life set to the note

of display, of color and show, with little sweetness, or to that retiring

modesty which needs a little encouragement before it fully reveals its

beauty and its perfume? If one were to pass his life in moving in a

palace car from one plush hotel to another, a bunch of chrysanthemums in

his hand would seem to be a good symbol of his life. There are aged

people who can remember that they used to choose various roses, as to

their color, odor, and degree of unfolding, to express the delicate

shades of advancing passion and of devotion. What can one do with this

new favorite? Is not a bunch of chrysanthemums a sort of

take-it-or-leave-it declaration, boldly and showily made, an offer

without discrimination, a tender without romance? A young man will catch

the whole family with this flaming message, but where is that sentiment

that once set the maiden heart in a flutter? Will she press a

chrysanthemum, and keep it till the faint perfume reminds her of the

sweetest moment of her life?

Are we exaggerating this astonishing rise, development, and spread of the

chrysanthemum? As a fashion it is not so extraordinary as the hoop-skirt,

or as the neck ruff, which is again rising as a background to the lovely

head. But the remarkable thing about it is that heretofore in all nations

and times, and in all changes of fashion in dress, the rose has held its

own as the queen of flowers and as the finest expression of sentiment.

But here comes a flaunting thing with no desirable perfume, looking as if

it were cut with scissors out of tissue-paper, but capable of taking

infinite varieties of color, and growing as big as a curtain tassel, that

literally captures the world, and spreads all over the globe, like the

Canada thistle. The florists have no eye for anything else, and the

biggest floral prizes are awarded for the production of its

eccentricities. Is the rage for this flower typical of this fast and

flaring age?

The Drawer is not an enemy to the chrysanthemum, nor to the sunflower,

nor to any other gorgeous production of nature. But it has an

old-fashioned love for the modest and unobtrusive virtues, and an abiding

faith that they will win over the strained and strident displays of life.

There is the violet: all efforts of cultivation fail to make it as big as

the peony, and it would be no more dear to the heart if it were

quadrupled in size. We do, indeed, know that satisfying beauty and

refinement are apt to escape us when we strive too much and force nature

into extraordinary display, and we know how difficult it is to get mere

bigness and show without vulgarity. Cultivation has its limits. After we

have produced it, we find that the biggest rose even is not the most

precious; and lovely as woman is, we instinctively in our admiration put

a limit to her size. There being, then, certain laws that ultimately

fetch us all up standing, so to speak, it does seem probable that the

chrysanthemum rage will end in a gorgeoussunset of its splendor; that

fashion will tire of it, and that the rose, with its secret heart of

love; the rose, with its exquisite form; the rose, with its capacity of

shyly and reluctantly unfolding its beauty; the rose, with that odor--of

the first garden exhaled and yet kept down through all the ages of sin

--will become again the fashion, and be more passionately admired for its

temporary banishment. Perhaps the poet will then come back again and

sing. What poet could now sing of the "awful chrysanthemum of dawn"?

THE RED BONNET

The Drawer has no wish to make Lent easier for anybody, or rather to

diminish the benefit of the penitential season. But in this period of

human anxiety and repentance it must be said that not enough account is

made of the moral responsibility of Things. The doctrine is sound; the

only difficulty is in applying it. It can, however, be illustrated by a

little story, which is here confided to the reader in the same trust in

which it was received. There was once a lady, sober in mind and sedate in

manner, whose plain dress exactly represented her desire to be

inconspicuous, to do good, to improve every day of her life in actions

that should benefit her kind. She was a serious person, inclined to

improving conversation, to the reading of bound books that cost at least

a dollar and a half (fifteen cents of which she gladly contributed to the

author), and she had a distaste for the gay society which was mainly a

flutter of ribbons and talk and pretty faces; and when she meditated, as

she did in her spare moments, her heart was sore over the frivolity of

life and the emptiness of fashion. She longed to make the world better,

and without any priggishness she set it an example of simplicity and

sobriety, of cheerful acquiescence in plainness and inconspicuousness.

One day--it was in the autumn--this lady had occasion to buy a new hat.

From a great number offered to her she selected a red one with a dull red

plume. It did not agree with the rest of her apparel; it did not fit her

apparent character. What impulse led to this selection she could not

explain. She was not tired of being good, but something in the jauntiness

of the hat and the color pleased her. If it were a temptation, she did

not intend to yield to it, but she thought she would take the hat home

and try it. Perhaps her nature felt the need of a little warmth. The hat

pleased her still more when she got it home and put it on and surveyed

herself in the mirror. Indeed, there was a new expression in her face

that corresponded to the hat. She put it off and looked at it. There was

something almost humanly winning and temptatious in it. In short, she

kept it, and when she wore it abroad she was not conscious of its

incongruity to herself or to her dress, but of the incongruity of the

rest of her apparel to the hat, which seemed to have a sort of

intelligence of its own, at least a power of changing and conforming

things to itself. By degrees one article after another in the lady's

wardrobe was laid aside, and another substituted for it that answered to

the demanding spirit of the hat. In a little while this plain lady was

not plain any more, but most gorgeously dressed, and possessed with the

desire to be in the height of the fashion. It came to this, that she had


生词表:
  • mystery [´mistəri] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.神秘;秘密;故弄玄虚   (初中英语单词)
  • responsibility [ri,spɔnsə´biliti] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.责任(心);职责;任务   (初中英语单词)
  • tendency [´tendənsi] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.趋势;倾向   (初中英语单词)
  • deadly [´dedli] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.致命的 ad.死一般地   (初中英语单词)
  • pursuit [pə´sju:t] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.追踪;追击;事务   (初中英语单词)
  • literature [´litərətʃə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.文学;文献;著作   (初中英语单词)
  • sketch [sketʃ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.素描;短剧 v.草拟   (初中英语单词)
  • culture [´kʌltʃə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.修养;文化;饲养   (初中英语单词)
  • shakespeare [´ʃeikspiə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.莎士比亚   (初中英语单词)
  • drawer [drɔ:ə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.抽屉   (初中英语单词)
  • cabbage [´kæbidʒ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.卷心菜;洋白菜   (初中英语单词)
  • effective [i´fektiv] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.有效的;有力的   (初中英语单词)
  • triumph [´traiəmf] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.胜利 vi.得胜,战胜   (初中英语单词)
  • maiden [´meidn] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.少女 a.未婚的   (初中英语单词)
  • prosperous [´prɔspərəs] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.繁荣的;顺利的   (初中英语单词)
  • complaint [kəm´pleint] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.抱怨;叫屈   (初中英语单词)
  • excite [ik´sait] 移动到这儿单词发声  vt.激动;引起,招惹   (初中英语单词)
  • variety [və´raiəti] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.变化;多样(性);种类   (初中英语单词)
  • perfume [´pə:fju:m, pə´fju:m] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.香味 vt.使发香   (初中英语单词)
  • character [´kæriktə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.特性;性质;人物;字   (初中英语单词)
  • passion [´pæʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.激情;激怒;恋爱   (初中英语单词)
  • devotion [di´vəuʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.献身;忠诚;热爱   (初中英语单词)
  • romance [rəu´mæns] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.中世纪骑士小说   (初中英语单词)
  • flutter [´flʌtə] 移动到这儿单词发声  vi.飘扬;摆 n.拍动   (初中英语单词)
  • extraordinary [ik´strɔ:dinəri] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.非常的;额外的   (初中英语单词)
  • background [´bækgraund] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.背景;经历;幕后   (初中英语单词)
  • remarkable [ri´mɑ:kəbl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.值得注意的;显著的   (初中英语单词)
  • desirable [di´zaiərəbəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.向往的;极好的   (初中英语单词)
  • capable [´keipəbəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.有能力;能干的   (初中英语单词)
  • modest [´mɔdist] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.谦虚的;朴素的   (初中英语单词)
  • violet [´vaiələt] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.&a.紫罗兰(的);紫色   (初中英语单词)
  • admiration [,ædmə´reiʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.赞赏,钦佩   (初中英语单词)
  • standing [´stændiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.持续 a.直立的   (初中英语单词)
  • probable [´prɔbəbəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.大概的n.很可能的事   (初中英语单词)
  • sunset [´sʌnset] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.日落;晚霞   (初中英语单词)
  • splendor [´splendə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.壮丽 =splendour   (初中英语单词)
  • capacity [kə´pæsiti] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.容量;智能;能力   (初中英语单词)
  • anxiety [æŋ´zaiəti] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.挂念;渴望;焦虑的事   (初中英语单词)
  • account [ə´kaunt] 移动到这儿单词发声  vi.说明 vt.认为 n.帐目   (初中英语单词)
  • doctrine [´dɔktrin] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.教义;主义;学说   (初中英语单词)
  • reading [´ri:diŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.(阅)读;朗读;读物   (初中英语单词)
  • mainly [´meinli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.主要地;大体上   (初中英语单词)
  • cheerful [´tʃiəful] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.快乐的;高兴的   (初中英语单词)
  • impulse [´impʌls] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.推动(力);冲动;刺激   (初中英语单词)
  • warmth [wɔ:mθ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.温暖;热情;激动   (初中英语单词)
  • abroad [ə´brɔ:d] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.海外;到处;广泛   (初中英语单词)
  • conscious [´kɔnʃəs] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.意识的;自觉的   (初中英语单词)
  • height [hait] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.高度;顶点;卓越   (初中英语单词)
  • leisure [´leʒə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.空闲;悠闲;安定   (高中英语单词)
  • attraction [ə´trækʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.吸引(力);引力   (高中英语单词)
  • pilgrim [´pilgrim] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.旅行者;香客   (高中英语单词)
  • innumerable [i´nju:mərəbəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.无数的,数不清的   (高中英语单词)
  • gardener [´gɑ:dnə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.园艺家;园林工人   (高中英语单词)
  • exquisite [ik´skwizit] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.精巧的;敏锐的   (高中英语单词)
  • sweetness [´swi:tnis] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.甜蜜;芳香;亲切   (高中英语单词)
  • encouragement [in´kʌridʒmənt] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.鼓励;赞助;引诱   (高中英语单词)
  • symbol [´simbəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.符号;象征   (高中英语单词)
  • declaration [,deklə´reiʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.宣布;宣言;申报   (高中英语单词)
  • boldly [´bəuldli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.大胆地;醒目地   (高中英语单词)
  • astonishing [əs´tɔniʃiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.令人惊讶的   (高中英语单词)
  • typical [´tipikəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.典型的;象征的   (高中英语单词)
  • gorgeous [´gɔ:dʒəs] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.华丽的;宜人的   (高中英语单词)
  • cultivation [,kʌlti´veiʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.耕作;培养   (高中英语单词)
  • strive [straiv] 移动到这儿单词发声  vi.争取;努力;奋斗   (高中英语单词)
  • gladly [´glædli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.愉快地,高兴地   (高中英语单词)
  • simplicity [sim´plisiti] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.简单;朴素   (高中英语单词)
  • apparel [ə´pærəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.衣服 vt.给…修饰   (高中英语单词)
  • selection [si´lekʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.选择;选拔;精选物   (高中英语单词)
  • temptation [temp´teiʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.引诱,诱惑(物)   (高中英语单词)
  • refinement [ri´fainmənt] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.精炼;精制;文雅   (英语四级单词)
  • advent [´ædvent] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.来临;降临   (英语四级单词)
  • feminine [´feminin] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.女性的   (英语四级单词)
  • decorative [´dekərətiv] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.装饰的   (英语四级单词)
  • experienced [ik´spiəriənst] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.有经验的;熟练的   (英语四级单词)
  • blooming [´blu:miŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.正开花的;妙龄的   (英语四级单词)
  • weariness [wiərinis] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.疲倦;厌烦   (英语四级单词)
  • flaming [´fleimiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.熊熊燃烧的;热情的   (英语四级单词)
  • heretofore [,hiətu´fɔ:] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.以前,迄今为止   (英语四级单词)
  • scissors [´sizəz] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.剪刀,剪子   (英语四级单词)
  • thistle [´θisəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.蓟   (英语四级单词)
  • instinctively [in´stiŋktivli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.本能地   (英语四级单词)
  • reluctantly [ri´lʌktəntli] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.不情愿地;勉强地   (英语四级单词)
  • passionately [´pæʃənitli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.多情地;热烈地   (英语四级单词)
  • banishment [´bæniʃmənt] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.充军;放逐;驱除   (英语四级单词)
  • winning [´winiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.&a.胜利(的)   (英语四级单词)
  • prevailing [pri´veiliŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.占优势的;主要的   (英语六级单词)
  • discrimination [di,skrimi´neiʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.区别,歧视   (英语六级单词)
  • tassel [´tæsəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.垂花 v.(使)抽穗   (英语六级单词)
  • repentance [ri´pentəns] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.悔悟,悔改;忏悔   (英语六级单词)

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