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Page 15 - No doubt immense simplifications of our daily life are possible ; but this does not seem to be a matter which has been much studied. .Rather hitherto the tendency has been all the other way, and every additional ornament on the mantel-piece has been regarded as an acquisition, and not as a nuisance ; though one doesn't see any reason, in the nature of things, why it should be regarded as one more than the other. It cannot be too often remembered that every additional object in a house requires additional...
Page 23 - ... swiftly and without check as this tendency has grown, I know I cannot be alone in doubting if it has been an unmixed good to us, or in believing that a change will come, perhaps after some great disaster has chilled us into pausing, and so given us time for reflection: anyhow, in some way or other, I believe the day is not so far distant when the best of men will set to work trying to simplify life on a new basis — when the organisation of labour will mean something else than the struggle of...
Page 15 - Rather hitherto the tendency has been all the other way, and every additional ornament to the mantelpiece has been regarded as an acquisition and not as a nuisance; though one doesn't see any reason, in the nature of things, why it should be regarded as one more than the other. It cannot be too often remembered that every additional object in a house requires additional dusting, cleaning, repairing; and lucky you are if its requirements stop there.
Page 12 - The style of private edifices that is proper and peculiar to Bengal, consists of a hut with a pent roof constructed of two sloping sides, which meet in a ridge forming the segment of a circle ; so that it has a resemblance to a boat when overturned ; and is, probably, of the same shape with the Mapalia of the Numidians.
Page 23 - ... beauty in the Venus of Milo; she (or he) looks upon you as scaffolds on which to hang a bundle of cheap rags, which can be sold dear under the name of a dress. Now, ladies, if you do not resist this to the bitter end, costume is ruined again, and all we males are rendered inexpressibly unhappy. So I beg of you fervently do not allow yourselves to be upholstered like armchairs, but drape yourselves like women.
Page 16 - DURING the past few years our conception of what a country house should be, has entirely changed. Simplicity, elegance and refinement of design are demanded, and outward display, overloading with cheap ornamentation, is no longer in favor.
Page 9 - ... counteract, present pessimism. My only point is that the totality of past experience does include more than despair and defeat; there is material in history which chronicles achievement and possibility. Such evidence is around us today as well, of course, but we seem unable to use it; it may be a case of not being able to see the forest for the trees. This is exactly why an historical context may be needed if the "positive" aspects of human experience are to become accessible.