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Readings : Te Catt of Damernesry PE eee rswer 00 6 sept te hea, Excerpt Excorpt #2 4. What principio ofthe Cult of Domesticity doos thie | 5. yen Beecher speaks of women's “best interests story illustrate? and thoir “true postion In soctey,” what does sho 2. What bonetits does Mary gain from Mr. Mays | mean? ‘opposed tothe benefits she receives from Harry's | 6" According to Beecher, what trade-offs must “rule”? ‘American wornen make to bain their “lofty and {3 Why does Harry clsapprove of irs. May? Consider | fortunate position” in society? In your view, i it fair the agjectives that both he and Mary use to describe | pychange? her. n comparison to the way Hary describes his | 7. according to Beecher, in what realms do women Wie. What threat does Mrs. May pose to his amily | naturally and legitimately exercise power? te? | 8. on what grounds does Beecher base her faith that 4, Consider Fanny Femn’s ttle forthe story.D0 you | American women ean attain anything thoy think she is more concorned with women's nead fo | reasonably” ask, and how docs she explain any submit or with demonstrating to man the way that | remnants” of bed treatment that might romain in the they should treat thelr wives? | presenta Text ranny Fern, “How Hasbands May Rule," 1883 (sc), str ay Fa [Sue Pysn Wlll, Fo Late Pom Ben's Parco “Dear Mary," sid Harry —— toh ite wife, "Thave «favor to ask of you. You havea friend whom [iste very much, and who Tam uit sure will make rouble between us. Wl you give up Mrs, May for my sake, Mary?" [A sight shade of vexation crossed Mary's proty fae, as she ssi, "You are vest ‘unreasonable, Hany. She is lady-like, refined ntellectal, and fascinating, is she ot" rato, “"Ys, allo tht; and, fo that very reason, her influence aver one so yielding and aces Impulsive as yourself s more to be dreaded, if enfavorabe. 'm quite in eamest, May. I ould wish never tose you iogeter sgn.” “Well” sid the ite wie, tring avay, and patting her foot nervously, “I don't ee how Lean break ‘with er, Harry, fora whim of yours, besides, 've promised to go there this very evening” ‘Harry made no reply and in afew moments Was on his way to hs offic... Hamy was vexed — she was sure of ha he had gone of, forthe ist time since thir marrage, without the affectionate goodbye that was usual with him, even when they parted but Zoran hour or two, And so she wandered, restless and unhappy, ato er lite sleeping-oom. Iwas quite isle gem. There were statuettes, and pictues, and vases, l gift from htm cither before ox since their marrage; each one had a hstery of its own — some ender association coanected with Farry... Tum where she would, some proof of his devotion tet her eye, ut Mrs. May She was so smart and saiicall She would make so much sport ofher, for being “ruled” so by Harry! Hada’ she old jim “all he men were tyrants,” and this was Harry's fst stem to gover he, No, no, woulda’ do for herto yield ‘Yes, she would go; she had quite made up her mind to that. Then she opened her jewel-cse a ite note fll at her feet She knew te contents vey’ wel. twas ftom Harry — slipped slyly into her band on her binhday, wih hat pretty bracelet, I couldn't do ay bar to radi agai. I was very lover like for SRS RS rege eeetaenegee nt teem omnes Se year-old husband; but she liked it! Dest Harry! and she folded it baci, and sat down, more ‘unhappy than ever, with her hands crossed in her lap and her mind in a most pitiable state nso of resolution, Trion Perhaps, air all, Harry was right about Mis. May and iThe wasn't, one hair of his head was worth more to her than all he women inthe world, He never said one unkind word to Jher — nover! He had anticipated every wis, He ad boon so attentive and slicitous when sata she as ill How could she rive [sudden] im? sae Love conquered! The prety robe wa folded away, the jewels retumed to their case, and, ‘with alight heart, Mary sa down to await her husband's return ‘The lamps were not iin the drawing oom, when Hary came up the stret, She had gone, then! — seal ie ha sat Te passe slowly through teal, entered he dare and deserted room, ang thew Iimsefon the sofa witha heavy sigh He was not angry, but he was grieved and disappointed. The fist out that reaps over the mind, ofthe affection of one we love is 30 very pant “Dear Harry” sai 2 weloome voice at his side, "God bless you, Mary™ said the happy husband; “you've saved me from a keen sorow!”| Dear reader — won't you tell? — there are Some husbands worth al the serificesaJving heart can ruakel| ae ‘Tet #2: Catherine Beecher, “Peculiar Responsibilities of American Women,” 1842 (xo ptr Treat on Domest Bono” Por he ie Yan Lar at mea a Soa! appears, then, tat tis in America alone that women are raised to an equality with the ther sex, snd tha, bot in theory aod practic, their interest are regarded as of equ value. They ee made suloriate in station [inferior in status] oaly where a regard [concen] to thei best interests demands ‘while, a fin compenstion fr this, by custom and courtesy they are alivays treated as superiors, Universolly in his country, though every class of soe, precedenee i given to ‘woman in all the comfors, conveniences, and courtesies of ie peered In civil and poliealaffirs, American women ake no interest or concern, except ‘MEET rah ‘0 far as they sympathize with thei family and personal fiends; but, inalleases in. asa ‘hich they do fel a concer, their opinions and feelings have a consideration equal ‘emeore aoe ‘oreven superior to that ofthe other sox In matters priining to the education of ther children, in the selection and support ofa clergyman, in allbenevoleat enterprises [activities for the good of society], an in ll questions Felating fo moras ‘manzers, they havea superior it luence. la such concems, it would be impossible to cary a point contrary to thei judgosen and feelings, while an enterprise andertaking] suri by them wil seldom fal of succes, hose wi are Bevailing themselves over the fancied [imagined] wrongs and injuries of wornan in ‘his Nation could only sec things as they are, they would know that, whatever romnaats ofa barbarous ce aristocratic age may cman in our civil [social-polisal institutions in reference to ol the interests of women, itis only because they ate ignorant ofthem or do not use vera Eontod tea uniuonce to have them ested; fri very seta tht theres nothing reasonable which American women would unite in asking that would not eadly be bestowed ‘The preveding remark, then, illustrate the poston thatthe democratic iestitutions of his Country ae in realty no other tan te principles of Christianity cared into operation, and that they ted t place ‘woman in hr tue position in society, as having equal hts with the other sex, and than fat, they have secured to American women a Toly and fortunate poston which, ox yet, fs been attained by the ‘women of no other natin, beste gen po Nate Haranies Cntr Amare ha esi Tt Cl Daly, Tet Salts 2