Exercises for ladies; calculated to preserve and improve beauty, etc

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Page 163 - From what has been said, it may be inferred, that the works of nature, if we compare one species with another, are all equally beautiful ; and that preference is given from custom, or some association of ideas ; and that, in creatures of the same species, beauty is the medium or centre of all its various forms.
Page 162 - To instance in a particular part of a feature ; the line that forms a ridge of the nose is beautiful when it is straight ; this, then, is the central form, which is oftener found than either concave, convex, or any other irregular form that shall be proposed. As we are then more accustomed to beauty than deformity, we may conclude that to be the reason why we approve and admire it, as we approve and admire customs and fashions of dress for no other reason than that we are used to them ; so that though...
Page 162 - Every species of the animal as well as the vegetable creation, may be said to have a fixed or determinate form, towards which nature is continually inclining, like various lines terminating in the centre...
Page 104 - A musket-ball suspended by a string which is not subject to stretch, and on which are marked the different required lengths, will answer the above purpose, may be easily acquired, and should be frequently compared with an accurate standard in the adjutant's possession.
Page 2 - The mind ought never to be cultivated at the expense of the body ; and physical education ought to precede that of the intellect, and then proceed simultaneously with it, without cultivating one faculty to the neglect of others ; for health is the base, and instruction the ornament of education.
Page 74 - ... downwards; then raise them in a circular direction well above the head, the ends of the fingers still touching, the thumbs pointing to the rear, the elbows pressed back, and the shoulders kept down.
Page 40 - ... substance on the side to which the body inclines, accompanied by a proportionate rising of the same on the opposite side ; and will, in the course of time, produce permanent distortion of the whole column of bones — the result of the compression, and consequent absorption of the intervertebral substance.
Page 104 - Plummets, which vibrate the required times of march in a minute, are of great utility, and can alone prevent or correct uncertainty of movement; they must be in the possession of, and constantly referred to by, each Instructor of a squad.
Page 162 - ... or it may be compared to pendulums vibrating in different directions over one central point; and as they all cross the centre, though only one passes through any other point, so it will be found that perfect beauty is oftener produced by nature than deformity; I do not mean than deformity in general, but than any one kind of deformity.
Page 73 - The second position is formed by moving the right foot sidewise, from the first position to about the distance of its own length from the heel of the left. Of the foot thus placed, the heel must be raised, so that the toes alone rest on the ground ; the instep being bent as much as possible, and the foot retaining its primitive direction outward. In this case, as in the first, the foot should be brought by degrees correctly to perform this action ; and the toes should be gradually thrown back as...

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