60 THE DISCOVERY OF THE CHILD
desires to unite with me, body and soul, to create a son: A son
better, more perfect, stronger, than any created heretofore! "
To better the species consciously, cultivating his own health,
his own virtue, this should be the goal of a man's married life.
It is a sublime conception of which, as yet, few think. And the
socialized home of the future, living, provident, kindly, educator
and comforter, is the true and worthy home of those human mates
who wish to better the species, and to send the race forward
triumphant into the eternity of life.
ANALYSIS OF THE CONDITIONS OF THE FIRST EXPERIMENT
HISTORY OF ITS PROPAGATION
The environment in which the first Children's Houses sprang
up must have been extremely favourable to education, for the first
group of children attained such success in their surprising transfor-
mation that no other group ever reached their level.
For that reason it is worth while to analyse the elements con-
cerned in these ventures.
First there must have been created among the inhabitants and
the families of the children a sense of peace and well-being, of
^cleanliness and intimacy which hitherto had been unknown to them.
Besides, the people concerned represented a moral selection. They
were poor, honest people, without profession, who depended from
day to day on casual labour, some as porters, some as laundresses,
some as gatherers of seasonal flowers in the fields (like violets).
They had lived mixed up in the same surroundings with coarse and
immoral people. All these people, gathered together in the re-
constructed Houses, were without exception illiterate.
The children lived in a kind of Paradise, which was the same
for all of them. The stolid ignorance of their parents precluded
any possible educational influence in the family; there was no
-contrast there with what the children benefitted from education in
the school. The person who held office as a mistress was not a
areal teacher, but a woman having a small amount of education