By Jane Collier
Wickedly humorous and bitingly satirical, The artwork is a comedy of manners that provides insights into eighteenth-century habit in addition to the undying paintings of emotional abuse. it's also an suggestion ebook, a instruction manual of anti-etiquette, and a comedy of manners. Collier describes tools for "teasing and mortifying" one's intimates and buddies in various social events. Written essentially for better halves, moms, and the mistresses of servants, it indicates the problems ladies skilled exerting their impression in deepest and public life--and the methods they acquired around them. As such, The paintings offers a desirable glimpse into eighteenth-century everyday life. the 1st to hire sleek spelling, this version encompasses a full of life creation through editor Katharine A. Craik. Craik places in context a number of the disputes defined within the artwork (domestic squabbles, quarrels among girl neighbors, altercations among social sessions) by way of describing the emergence in mid-eighteenth century of latest notions of bourgeois femininity, in addition to new rules of rest and activity. the result's a literary paintings absolute to be loved either by way of enthusiasts of satire and people with an curiosity within the actual day-by-day dramas of the eighteenth-century international.
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Collier directs her instructions not towards those who feel ‘natural aﬀection and tenderness’ (p. 35) towards their oﬀspring, but rather towards those who are willing to exercise irresponsibly the powerful authority conferred by parenthood. The most eﬃcient way of tormenting children, and of turning them into apprentice tormentors in their own right, is to spoil them rotten. ’39 Collier advises on the contrary that mothers should cram rich food down their children’s throats, allow them to stay up late, and (best of all) train them to annoy teatime visitors by sticking snotty noses into the cream pot, drooling into the sugar, and stuﬃng bread and butter down ladies’ backs.
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Pp. 90–1). A dependant makes excellent fodder for teasing if she is well educated, for the tormentor may unleash 37 Quoted in Todd, The Sign of Angellica, 131, from The Letters of Mrs Elizabeth Montagu, ed. Matthew Montagu, 4 vols. (London, 1809–13), iii. 96–7. ), Selections from The Female Spectator, 135. Introduction xxxi against her a volley of the well-worn clichés peddled by those who opposed the education of women: Omit not any of those trite observations; that all Wits are slatterns;— that no girl ever delighted in reading, that was not a slut;—that well might the men say they would not for the world marry a Wit; that they had rather have a woman who could make a pudden, than one who could make a poem;—and that it was the ruin of all girls who had not independent fortunes, to have learnt either to read or write.
An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting (Oxford World's Classics) by Jane Collier