Delightful and Sometimes Disgusting Reality Check (Non-Fiction)
But wait, there’s more! Oneill also leads you through the “unmentionable” mystique of feminine hygiene, childbirth, dangers of self-gratification, and general etiquette offering sage advice like:
“Using the wrong fork can cause weeks of gossip. Calling a person you’ve known your whole life by their Christian name is coarse and improper.”[i]
“Just because you had to butcher a whole hog earlier this afternoon doesn’t give you an excuse to look like one, dearie.”[ii]
“As a host, offer second helpings of every course. As a guest, never, ever accept this invitation. The preparation, presentation, and consumption of this meal are as carefully timed as a space-shuttle launch; your deciding you simply must have another go at those asparagus spears can derail the whole process.”[iii]
I found this book to be entertaining and oh-so informative. I think I’ll have a hard time reading my wonderful classics without thinking about the stench and other “behind-the-scenes” facts of life in the nineteenth century.
My husband surprised me with this book for Christmas—and he did good! Thumbs-up for a delightful and sometimes disgusting reality check!
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