Between these more serious occupations the Saturday night hop with the paper-box factory girls came as a refining
influence and as an efficient screen.
In the refining
of oil, the Standard Oil Company alone, at its New York office, sends two hundred and thirty thousand messages a year.
They were not simple, vulgar, unmeaning ornaments, such as the uncultivated seize upon with avidity on account of their florid appearance, but well devised drawings, that were replete with taste and thought, and afforded some apology for the otherwise senseless luxury contemplated, by aiding in refining
the imagination, and cultivating the intellect.
Independently of the refining
process of old age it had a delicacy which once must have been great.
Her Westmorland scenery is more than a mere background; its spiritual and, as it were, personal hold on persons, as understood by the great poet of the Lakes, is seen actually at work, in the formation, in the refining
, of character.