Just a Thought: Florence Howe Hall

It sometimes happens that a group of young people, carried away by the contagion of high spirits, will behave like school-children. The manners of our day are much less formal than those of an earlier generation, but they impose of necessity a certain degree of restraint. Our girls and boys must remember that it is always easy to relapse into the barbarism from which mankind has emerged by a slow and tedious process. As the cultivated apple-tree tends always to return to the wild crab, so does our civilization, if it is not vigilantly guarded, incline to revert to the savagery of the primitive man.

Good Form for All Occasions, 1914.

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