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The Works of Charles Kingsley

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Pages: 134

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Charles Kingsley

Excerpt from book: THE TWO BREATHS. Ladies,—I have been honoured by a second invitation to address you, and I dare not refuse it: because it gives me an opportunity of speaking on a matter, knowledge and ignorance about which may seriously affect your health and happiness, and that of the children with whom you may have to do. I must apologise if I say many things which are well known to many persons in this room : they ought to be well known to all: but it is generally best to assume total ignorance in one's hearers, and to begin from the beginning. I shall try to be as simple as possible: to trouble you as little as possible with scientific terms: to be practical: and at the same time, if possible, interesting. I should wish to call this lecture " The TwoBreaths:" not merely "The Breath:" and for this reason: every time you breathe you breathe two different breaths: you take in one, you give out another,. The composition of those two breaths is different. Their effects are different. The breath which has been breathed out must not be breathed in again. To tell you why it must not would lead me into anatomical details, not quite in place here as yet: though the day will come, I trust, when every woman entrusted with the care of children will be expected to know something about them. But this I may say: Those who habitually take in fresh breath will probably grow up large, strong, ruddy, cheerful, active, clear-headed, fit for their work. Those who habitually take in the breath which has been breathed out by themselves, or any other living creature, will certainly grow up, if they grow up at all, small, weak, pale, nervous, depressed, unfit for work, and tempted continually to resort to stimulants, and become drunkards. A Lecture delivered at Winchester, May 31, 1869. 8. E. E If you ...  


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