American and English Wives.
matters which he evidently considered above the feminine
intellect. For hearty William had been reared in,
and implicitly adopted the European estimate of
women; involving obedience to their natural superiors,
the males; as the first of all the innumerable duties required of
them, as mothers, wives and unpaid servants of
all work. And, like her class, good Mrs. Tew never
dreamed of questioning it. How widely does the
American differ from the English practice in this
aspect! I find myself making the observation when-
ever I am in company with my own countrywomen;
whom I veritably believe to be the best and most
loveable in the world. I know the Americans are
ahead of us in justice in things matrimonial, not to talk of liberality, but
I have no doubt as to which system produces most
domestic happiness. I can only call to mind two
really harmonious American couples, Eldredge and
his wife and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hillard.
William Tew would verbally correct the weaker ves-
sel, in my presence; which made me feel unpleasant-
ly conscious of it. But �Jane� took it so with so
little antagonism that it never amounted to anything
serious. She is, indeed, excellently well suited to
him and one of the hardest-working of good women.
Another class-fault of his: he did not readily
defer his own will or inclinations to those of others;
even when the right of choice was on their side.