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LETTERS FROM MOTHER
She Tells the Proper Dress to Wear.-
My Dear Daughter:
I am glad you are practicing deep" bredmmg ind keeping up
your morning walks. I see no reason why you should not do the
simple household tasks to which you are accustomed, although I
would not do any work that would overture -myself if I -we're you.
I think a corset somewhat larger than the one you have been
-- wearing is must better for you than to give up any support' of the
I approve of your buying a' black' maternity gown and having
it made up in the best possible style. Now when tunics are worn
a very good looking gown could be made with a skirt (at least three
yards around) and over it a loose.tunic cut very much' like a Russian
peasant blouse; this is made with a half-fitting lining left open at
the side under-arm seams and eyelets put in and la'ced together.
Then it can be made larger as necessary.
Be sure your shoes are large and comfortable with low heels j
I remember that I suffered intensely from wearing my ordinary
shoes after my feet began to swell. I think a union suit of under
clothing is much the best to wear during this time with one skirt
preferably made of wool jersey clbth. Of course, my dear, this is
only a suggestion. You can use your own judgment and taste in
Above all, do not confine yourself to the house; visit your
friends; go to the theaters; do your shoppingand-keep up all your
little pleasures as long as you can.
v Do not, I beg of you, have any false modesty in regard to your
condition. Go out among your .fellows; do your daily marketing
and keep up your s'ocial duties. There is' no vtrtucin the innocence
which will be hurt by a knowledge of woman's great part in the
scheme of exisfence.
I am sure from my teachings that you have not confounded
innocence with purity. Innocence to the average woman is a fetich
upon which she will not only sacrifice the happiness of her daughter,
but the welfare of coming generations as well. Innocence, my dear
girl, is not a virtue it is only lack of knowledge. Indeed, the old
English name for a fool was an "innocent," but purity of mind and
body is the pearl of great price. This I give to you, dear, and I want
you to give it to your child.
Remember always that if you carry yourself during this period
with delicacy and decorum, but with no slavish subservances to the
foolish conventional ideas with which custom endangers' the health
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