The True Lady


“Ladyhood is an emanation from the heart subtilized by culture; giving as two requisites for the highest breeding, transmitted qualities and the culture of good training…”

Calvert continues “Of the higher type of ladyhood may always be said what Steele said of Lady Elizabeth Hastings, ‘that unaffected freedom and conscious innocence gave her the attendance of the graces in all her actions.’

At it’s highest, ladyhood implies a spirituality made manifest in poetic grace.  From the lady there exhales a subtle magnetism.  Unconsciously she encircles herself with an atmosphere of unruffled strength, which, to those who come into it, gives confidence and repose.  Within her influence the diffident grow self-possessed, the imprudent are checked, the inconsiderate are admonished; even the rude are constrained to be mannerly, and the refined are perfected; all spelled, unawares, by the flexible dignity, the commanding gentleness, the thorough womanliness of her look, speech and demeanor.  A sway is this, purely spiritual.  Every sway, ever legitimate, every enduring sway is spiritual; a arenancy of light over obscurity, of right over brutality.  The only real gains ever made are spiritual gains – a further subjection of the gross to the incorporeal of body to soul, of the animal to the human.  The finest and most characteristic acts of a lady involve a spiritual ascension, a growing out of herself.

In her being and bearing, patience, generosity, and benignity are the graces that give shape to the virtues of truthfulness.

8 thoughts on “The True Lady

  1. Hey Clare, good to see you blogging again! This is a good post, although I had to read it a couple of times to get my head around the big words, lol.

    I think you would enjoy the book called ‘The Lost Art of True Beauty’ by Leslie Ludy 🙂 It’s an awesome look at how when Christ is living within us, it is His beauty that shines out, and makes us true ladies 🙂 She gives tips on how to live, dress, speak, act, and show hospitality in a true ladylike way.

    • Hello Bonnie! Yes, it’s great to be back in the game! The above post does use an older style of English, which I love. Hence the use of some older and more uncommon words.

      I have read some of Leslie Ludys’ books. She has a beautiful way of writing and writes about a subject she is passionate about which perfumes her books. I’m yet to read the book you’ve mentioned – but I’ll keep an eye out for it!

      Thanks for popping by – have a lovely day!

  2. I adore your blog, Clare. There’s nothing quite like finding people with true Class and Elegance in this world!
    God Bless You

  3. Lady Clare my heart if lifted up from the inspired quotes and beautiful images found here. Our world is starved for genuine feminine spiritual beauty and with you are souls are fed from what is so lacking. The passing of Princess Di left a death kneel of ladylike role mode for young girls that lovely Kate may come to the rescue and resurect.
    Love & Prayers & Many Heavenly Blessings to you and all who find you,

    • dearest Lady Carmen,
      I am delighted and cheered to hear of the encouragement you’ve found in reading our humble blog! We hope that other women from around the world will gain such inspiration – as without such wonderful readers like you – this blog would not be the same!
      Thank you and many blessings to you also!

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