American Wives Bought, says Parisian —French Woman
Declares That Yankee Society Is Vulgar and Its Talk Petty
The American wife and American society in general were given a "roast” by Madame Alexandrine Guyot of the old D’Arnaud family of France today in an interview at the Hotel Westminster, where she is staying.
That American wives are bought and paid for is the substance of the gray-haired French woman’s remarks and that the majority of them are selfish and do not care for their husbands, she states openly. "American marriages fail! Why do they fall?” she exclaimed. “Because American wives don’t marry particularly for love, but for hats and dresses and plenty to eat. If the next man that comes along can supply prettier hats and more expensive dresses and give better dinners. many wives are willing to go with him.”
ROASTS THE “400”
Madame Guyot then in a delicious French accent told more of her opinions of Matrimonial Americana. “It’s a sham, generally considered,” she said, “and the only way it can be remedied is to educate the women of tomorrow. Marriages abroad, where the husband is recognized as the master of the house, are rarely unsuccessful, and the women of tomorrow in the United States must be the women who will recognize the domination of the husband in the affairs of the home and obey and respect him.” Madame Guyot then turned her attention to society and the “400” of various cities.
ALL VERY VULGAR
"Society women talk about nothing but petty affairs and do nothing but petty things,” she said. “The social sphere and those who make it are shallow —so shallow. And vulgar!" “Surely not vulgar,” ventured a visitor. “Yes, vulgar," returned Madame Guyot. “Why, some society women laugh so loudly that they may be heard clear out of doors! Abroad this would be considered a breach of etiquette, even in a servant!” — Los Angeles Herald, 1913
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