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Re: Fantastic advice about being a "good" wife from back in the day
« Reply #60 on: December 29, 2010, 03:47:44 PM »


Here's an article from the 1955 Good Housekeeping magazine! It's a howler!
'I shall sit here quietly by the fire for a bit, and perhaps go out later for a sniff of air.  Mind your Ps and Qs, and don't forget that you are supposed to be escaping in secret, and are still on the high-road and not very far from the Shire!' -FOTR

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Re: Fantastic advice about being a "good" wife from back in the day
« Reply #61 on: December 29, 2010, 04:25:39 PM »
That isn't from Good Housekeeping. It's highly unlikely it's from any magazine.

http://www.snopes.com/language/document/goodwife.asp

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Re: Fantastic advice about being a "good" wife from back in the day
« Reply #62 on: December 29, 2010, 04:39:44 PM »
That is actually a huge relief! :-D
'I shall sit here quietly by the fire for a bit, and perhaps go out later for a sniff of air.  Mind your Ps and Qs, and don't forget that you are supposed to be escaping in secret, and are still on the high-road and not very far from the Shire!' -FOTR

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Re: Fantastic advice about being a "good" wife from back in the day
« Reply #63 on: December 31, 2010, 12:00:58 PM »
Some of the advice isn't so bad, when taken in a different tone. The person who stays at home should keep the place looking nice, and no one likes to be greeted at the door with a litany of complaints. But it should be framed more as a way of showing love and appreciation rather than subjection.

Though on the subject of wifely duties, my mother (born in 1946) thought it was her duty to be awake at all the times my father was, to keep him company or fix him a snack or what have you. When they married, my dad routinely slept 4 or fewer hours a night. After about a month of her exhausting herself, Dad finally got it through to her that if she wanted to "do her duty" by him, it meant getting all the sleep she needed and being happy and healthy.