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Wickedly humorous and bitingly satirical, The artwork is a comedy of manners that offers insights into eighteenth-century habit in addition to the undying paintings of emotional abuse. it's also an recommendation ebook, a guide of anti-etiquette, and a comedy of manners. Collier describes equipment for "teasing and mortifying" one's intimates and pals in a number of social events. Written basically for better halves, moms, and the mistresses of servants, it indicates the problems ladies skilled exerting their effect in inner most and public life--and the methods they bought around them. As such, The artwork offers a desirable glimpse into eighteenth-century lifestyle. the 1st to hire smooth spelling, this version features a full of life advent by means of editor Katharine A. Craik. Craik places in context some of the disputes defined within the paintings (domestic squabbles, quarrels among woman buddies, altercations among social sessions) through describing the emergence in mid-eighteenth century of latest notions of bourgeois femininity, in addition to new principles of rest and activity. the result's a literary paintings guaranteed to be loved either by way of fans of satire and people with an curiosity within the actual day-by-day dramas of the eighteenth-century international.

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Or you may lay several traps, to tempt him not to adhere strictly to your commands, and then make it a matter of offence, whether he does, or does not. * 16 The Art of Ingeniously Tormenting If you go to visit a friend, in a showery day, when the weather is quite uncertain, you may order your footman to come for you at such an hour, and bid him come without the coach, for you would walk home. If the weather should prove fair, you must for that day lose your diversion: but if it rains, then your sport begins.

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.

47 Alexander Pope, ‘An Epistle to a Lady. Of the Characters of Women’, in Alexander Pope, Selected Poetry, ed. Pat Rogers (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994; repr. Oxford World’s Classics, 1998), 108, l. 83. Donald F. ), The Spectator, 5 vols. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1965; reissued 1987), ii. 442: no. 242 (7 December 1711). 48 Pope’s witty woman, Atossa, suggests the perils women exposed themselves to when they criticized others, for although she Shines, in exposing knaves, and painting fools, Yet is, whate’er she hates and ridicules ...

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