An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting (Old Edition) by Jane Collier

By Jane Collier

'Now the game begins!'

An Essay at the artwork of Ingeniously Tormenting is the 1st English e-book at the craft of nagging. A bitingly humorous social satire, it's also an recommendation booklet, a instruction manual of anti-etiquette, and a comedy of manners. Collier describes equipment for 'teasing and mortifying' one's intimates and associates in numerous social events through profiting from their affections and goodwill. Written essentially for better halves, moms, and the mistresses of servants, The paintings suggests
the problems ladies skilled exerting their effect in inner most and public existence - and the methods they bought around them. In anatomizing the paintings of emotional abuse Collier piques readers into acknowledging their very own faults, and persuades them that tormenting is an invaluable ability, whilst she censures its effects.

The artwork presents a desirable glimpse into eighteenth-century lifestyle, the therapy of servants and dependants and the citing of youngsters, and is an exhilarating precursor to the artwork of Jane Austen.

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63) and has been lightly modernized throughout. Collier’s rhetorical style often results in long sentences made up of clauses separated by commas, colons, and semicolons. Punctuation has been regularized only where the original may present difficulty to the modern reader. Spelling has been modernized only in words whose sense is unaffected, and paragraph breaks remain unaltered. Initial capital letters used for emphasis have been retained, but when Collier capitalizes a whole word for emphasis this has been changed to italics.

And argued that the study of philosophy, mathematics, and geography would remedy women’s restlessness and inspire them to live virtuous lives. 34 The Female Spectator and Charlotte Lennox’s later Lady’s Monthly Museum (1760–1) both linked friendship, virtue, and intellectual pursuits, anticipating the Bluestocking movement which flourished in the 1770s and 1780s. 35 At the same time, however, the educated woman became a figure of hatred and suspicion. ’ Some argued that women were easily distracted or corrupted by reading and were drawn towards impure subject matter— especially novels.

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 ... 49 Outspoken, articulate women, particularly those who criticized others in print, sometimes received far more savage treatment than the targets of their own satires.

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