A Warning to Young Ladies

A timely reminder on deportment and decorum from my trusty copy of The Country Diaries, in an entry from November 1799 by William Holland:

Met the two Miss Rolins from Stowgursey. They were dressed very smart yet trudging along in the dirty road with a servant maid attending. I never think young ladies appear to advantage along a dirty highroad and I would advise all ladies when obliged to pass thro’ dirt not to draw their petticoats too high for I can assure them that they discover in doing so more than is to their advantage. The female leg never looks so well behind as before.




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