XIX.8 Effects of a sociable humor
The more communicable people are, the more easily they change manners, because each of them is more of a spectacle for another ; the singularities of individuals are more visible. The climate that makes a nation communicable also makes it like change ; and what makes a nation like change also makes it develop its taste.
The company of women spoils morals and develops taste ; the desire to please more than others establishes ornamentation, and the desire to please more than oneself institutes fashions. Fashions are an important object : by dint of making one’s mind frivolous, one constantly increases the branches of its interaction.