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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 17, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 14',
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HER SEVEN SELVES AS A WOMAN APPEARS
TQ HERSELF SHE IS ALWAYS GOOD
BY WINONA WILCOX
The mystery of a woman's soul,
the intricacies of her mental habit,
the complexities of her emotions, in
terest man supremely and confuse
kim greatly Probably woman is a
Ar'HE srrs herseltp
much simpler being, on the whole,
than man suspects.
Woman has, however, a dramatic
ability which makes her puzzling.
She is never too dull and seldom too
much in earnest to be a fine actress.
She lives a good deal of her life on
the surface. She often appears to
be moved by deep feeling when she
is only giving a clever imitation of its
' So she is called "adaptable"; so she
seems to have some seven different
selves, or seven distinct roles which
she pfays daily without in the last be
traying the essense of her own ego.
She slips from one part ino another
as surprisingly, as softly as a ghost
grows out of a mist in a movie.
To her husband she is one wom
an, to her servant another, to her
neighbor something still different.
But, of course, the sequence of her
impersonations begins with herself.
What is the one trait of character,
the one quality, which women of all
classes and all ages hold in common?
As woman sees herself, she is al
She may grant that she is homely,
or stupid, but never will she admit
that she is bad. Let no man, not
even he who "knows and laughs at
her frailties, think otherwise. Wom
an never pictures herself as other
than honorable and of the best inten
tions. The nagger who drives her hus
band to drink; the scold whose chil
dren run away from home; the un
wise girl who loves too well; all have
ktheir own sufficient reasons, all jus
tify their conduct to themselves.
Man 'fancies that woman craves
love his love most of all the gifts
of life. But many a woman whom no
man ever loved has found plenty of
compensation in a belief in her own
spiritual excellences. Many a wom
an who has outlived man's changing
affection finds satisfaction in the
doing of good deeds.
Our ideals fix the standard of what
we may become.
Woman, in spite of her surface
valuation of existence, in spite of her
craving for stimulated romance, in
spite of her natural aptitude for act
ing, has climbed higher than man on
the spiritual road, has a firmer grasp