A Judicious Choice of Friends
is most essential to the happiness of a household. An acquaintance who indulges in scandal about her neighbours should be avoided like a pestilence. While ever attending to the paramount claims of a home, a lady should not altogether neglect social duties. The daily round of work is much more pleasant if cheered by intercourse with friends, who are often able to give, or pleased to receive, help in the little difficulties that may occur in everyday life. Another point of view is that most women look forward to some day guiding their daughters in society, and in this cherished hope have a motive for not abstaining too much from social intercourse. One is apt to become too narrow-minded by living too much in the home circle; it is not well to get out of the way of meeting fresh people. It is important also that children should have the advantage of mixing with other young people, though of course parents should exercise every precaution against the evils of bad company.
Take from that what you will!