Dorothy Dix

Beauty aids should not be disregarded after marriage. Sympathy with husband’s work helps

December 17, 1930, Vancouver Sun

Sir Ellis Hume Williams, the eminent London divorce court lawyer, in his autobiography, tells women how to hold their husbands’ affections. He says, “My experience is that a women who is careful to preserve her physical attractions and who will take a little trouble to understand and sympathize with her husband’s work can keep him just as long as she likes.”

These are the words of wisdom upon which every married woman will do well to ponder in hr heart. Undoubtedly many husbands cease to kiss their wives because the wives have become unkissable.

Few men have a morbid appetite for cold cream or are possessed with a strange mania for caressing a slouchy, sloppy female who looks like something that the cat left on his doorstep.

Even a vamp has to look the part if she continues to get in her deadly work, and so if a wife expects her husband to keep gazing at her and congratulating himself upon being a good picker, she has to keep herself easy on the eyes. Otherwise, he is mighty apt to look at someone younger and fairer and better dressed.

Hence the married woman who stops putting perfume behind her ears, so to speak, and who considers it a waste of time to powder her nose and put on a pretty frock for a mere husband almost invariably loses out.

Wives have to meet competition, and there is a lot of it these days when not only idle society women are around seeking whom they may devour, but every office is filled with pretty, snappy, manicured and permanently waved girls who look like the answer to the prayer of the sloven’s husband.

Also, undoubtedly, it is good advice to tell a woman that she must take the trouble to understand and sympathize with his work. Probably more men leave home in a search for a patient listener than for any other cause.

When a man pops he qustion, he should not say” Beautiful angel, give me your heart.” He should say: “Sweetums, lend me your ears,” for they are really what he wants.

every man in this world has to have some woman in whom he can confide; some woman to whom he can talk endlessly about his hopes and his plans and how many pecks of potatoes he sold, or how he put over a bond issue, or got elected as head of the Rotary Club, or some other high office.

He has to have some woman to whom he can tell the things he would be ashamed to tell any man. He has to have some woman to whome he can bost when he is successful, and on whose breast he can weep when things go wrong.

–Dorothy Dix, Dec 17, 1930.

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