Practical Hints to Young Females,: On the Duties of a Wife, a Mother, and a Mistress of a Family

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Taylor and Hessey, 1822 - Women - 191 pages

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Page 28 - That house only is well conducted, where there is a strict attention paid to order and regularity. To do every thing in its proper time, to keep every thing in its right place, and to use every thing for its proper use, is the very essence of good management, and is well expressed in one of the Lancasterioti establishments, " the rule of this school is to nave a place for every thing, and every thing in its • place.
Page 89 - Lobsters roasted alive, pigs whipped to death, fowls sewed up, are testimonies of our outrageous luxury. Those who (as Seneca expresses it) divide their lives betwixt an anxious conscience and a nauseated stomach, have a just reward of their gluttony in the diseases it brings with it ; for human savages, like other wild beasts, find snares and poison in the provisions of life, and are allured by their appetite to their destruction.
Page 86 - However it be, I don't know, I say, why this prejudice, well improved and carried as far as it would go, might not be made to conduce to the preservation of many innocent creatures, which are now exposed to all the wantonness of an ignorant barbarity. There are other animals that have the misfortune, for no manner of reason, to be treated as common enemies, wherever found.
Page 85 - Locke takes notice of a mother who permitted them to her children, but rewarded or punifhed them as they treated them well or ill. This was no other than entering them betimes into a daily...
Page 52 - I shall give an instance of it, which I had from himself. His child one day, wanting something which he was not to have, fell into a fit of crying, which the nurse could not pacify. Mr. Howard took him from her, and laid him quietly in his lap, till, fatigued with crying, he became still. This process, a few times repeated, had such an effect, that the child, if crying ever so violently, was rendered quiet the instant his
Page 88 - I must animadvert upon a certain custom yet in use with us, and barbarous enough to be derived from the Goths, or even the Scythians; I mean that savage compliment our huntsmen pass upon ladies of quality, who are present at the death of a stag, when they put the knife in their hands to cut the throat of a helpless, trembling, and weeping creature. <(— — Questuque cruentus. Atque imploranti similis.*-That lies beneath the knife, Looks up, and from her butcher begs her life.
Page 86 - I fancy, too, some advantage might be taken of the common notion, that it is ominous or unlucky to destroy some sorts of birds, as swallows and martins ; this opinion might possibly arise from the confidence these birds seem to put in us by building under our roofs, so that it is a kind of violation of the laws of hospitality, to murder them. As for...
Page 12 - I have never yet had a loud or angry debate," is in my opinion better entitled to a chaplet of laurels, than the hero who has fought on the plains of Waterloo. " There is one simple direction, which, if carefully regarded, might long preserve the tranquillity of the married life, and ensure no inconsiderable portion of connubial happiness to the observers of it : it is, to beware of the FIRST dispute.
Page 85 - Montaigne thinks it some reflection upon human nature itself, that few people take delight in seeing beasts caress or play together, but almost every one is pleased to see them lacerate and worry one another. I am sorry...
Page 86 - ... ill. This was no other than entering them betimes into a daily exercise of humanity, and improving their very diversion to a virtue. I fancy, too, some advantage might be taken of the common notion, that it is ominous or unlucky to destroy some sorts of birds, as swallows...

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