Monday, March 10, 2008

Book of the week

Originally published in 1936.

"Don't become a furniture wife. It's a very natural desire on your part to keep your drawing-room perfect, but don't fly into a rage if your husband goes in and generally upsets things. Scold laughingly, or better still head him off in some other direction. After all you must remember that it is his work or money that provides the room."

"Don't forget that, while a little modernity is perhaps pleasing, an excess of it is usually nauseation. No lady ever smokes cigarettes in the streets. To do this is to label yourself at least ignorant or fast."

"Don't forget that a clever woman can always be the power behind the throne, and that she usually gets what she desires by making her husband believe that the idea which she puts forward was originally his own. It has been truly said that the road to success is filled with women pushing their husbands along."

Whew. Thanks for the reminders, Bodelian Library reprints!

1 comment:

kb said...

Wow, I don't know how I've managed eleven years of marriage without this little gem. I love it!