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Written by the author of the Young Man's Guide, Young Husband, Young Wife, House I live in, and more, The Young Woman's Guide to Excellence is a book written to encourage holiness in unmarried women from twelve to twenty years old. In this section of the book, Alcott discusses the importance of self-knowledge, conscientiousness and good habits, self-government and the duty of cheerfulness, presence of mind, decisiveness, and self-dependence. Alcott also discusses why women are not expected to be reasoners, why women have invented so few things, the importance of observation and reflection, the importance of avoiding scandal, and how to properly use time. Finally, Alcott discusses why women should love domestic concerns, why frugality has fallen out of fashion, and the neglect of organization in families.
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Alcott, William A., "The Young Woman's Guide to Excellence (Part Two)" (1845). Mother Home & Heaven. 49.