Excerpt: ...guilty indifference to the greatest luxuries, and who with sacrilegious indifference inhale the odorous perfume of nectar. GENERAL LAW.-Every display of high intelligence, makes explicit praise necessary. Delicate praise is necessary, wherever a wish to please is evident. INFLUENCE OF GOURMANDISE ON CONJUGAL HAPPINESS. When gourmandise ...Read MoreExcerpt: ...guilty indifference to the greatest luxuries, and who with sacrilegious indifference inhale the odorous perfume of nectar. GENERAL LAW.-Every display of high intelligence, makes explicit praise necessary. Delicate praise is necessary, wherever a wish to please is evident. INFLUENCE OF GOURMANDISE ON CONJUGAL HAPPINESS. When gourmandise is shared with another, it has the greatest influence on conjugal happiness. A gourmand couple have at least once a day a pleasant occasion to meet, for even those who sleep apart (and there are many) dine together. They talk of what they have eaten, of what they have seen elsewhere, of fashionable dishes and of new inventions, etc., etc. We all know how full of charms this CHIT CHAT is. Music, doubtless, has many charms for those who love it; but to succeed, one must make a business of it. Besides, sometimes one has a cold, misplaces the score, has the sick headache or feels inert. One necessity calls each of the couple to the table, where the same feeling retains them. They exhibit naturally slight attentions to each other, which evinces a desire to please, and the manner in which they act to each other speaks loudly of the manner of their lives. This observation, though new in France, has not escaped the attention of the English novelist, Fielding, who in Pamela gives the well-known instance of the manner in which the heroine and her husband lived on the one hand, and the more magnificent but unhappy life of the elder brother and his wife. Honour then to gourmandise as we present it to our readers, inasmuch as it diverts man neither from occupation nor from duty; for as the dissoluteness of Sardanapulus did not cause the world to look on woman with horror, neither did Vitellius' excesses induce the world to turn aside from a well-ordered entertainment. When gourmandise becomes gluttony, voracity or debauchery, it loses its name and attributes, falling into the hands of the moralist who will treat it by advice, or...Read Less
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