“Who Will Make a Good Wife” (from The Youth’s Companion, May 30, 1850; p. 20)
When you see a young woman who rises early, sets the table and prepares her father’s breakfast cheerfully—depend upon it she will make a good wife. You may rely upon it that she possesses a good disposition and a kind heart.
When you see a young woman just out of bed at nine o’clock, leaning with her elbow on the table, gaping and sighing, “Oh dear, how dreadfully I feel”—rely upon it; she will not make a good wife. She must be lazy and mopish.
When you see a girl with a broom in her hand, sweeping the floor, or with a rubbing board or clothes-line in her hand, you may put it down that she is industrious, and will make a good wife for somebody.
When you see a girl with a novel in her left hand, and a fan in her right, shedding tears, you may be assured she is not fit for a wife.
Happiness and misery are before you, which will you choose?