Well, here we are – the final chapter.
Charm, Grace, Wit, and More
Essence of Beauty:
For the French, that old cliché that beauty is more than skin deep holds true. Femininity, poise and intelligence are vital components of a French woman’s appeal.
The Legacy of the Salon:
Intellectual stimulation has been much valued throughout French history. Frenchwomen of the past were renowned for their salons – gatherings of intellectuals, writers, artists and bon vivants strictly for the purpose of stimulating interesting conversation.
The Power of Conversation:
The ability to converse intelligently on a variety of topics is a skill much admired by the French. This shouldn’t be a surprise in a country where philosophy is a required course in high school.
The Irresistible Power of Charm:
Some people seem to be born with natural charm or charisma but the author believes that anyone can learn to be charming. Impeccable manners, the giving of sincere compliments, being a good listener, intelligence, curiosity and kindness are among the traits that make a woman charming.
Includes an extensive list of things the author has learned as a result of her time in France. Here are a few:
- More isn’t necessarily more.
- Keep a few secrets.
- Wear perfume every day, just because.
- Organization conquers stress and chaos.
- Conversation need not be a lost art.
- Rethink lingerie.
- A woman can never own too many scarves.
- Discipline will set you free
And that, mes amis, is the end. I enjoyed this book and found a lot of good information in it. There is a reason French women have a reputation for being chic – they simply are.