A Few Good Don’ts

This was written by Blanche Ebbutt, and as the cover suggests, it was originally printed in 1913.

This book came from the cheap books table at Barnes and Noble. It’s exactly what it looks like, although the advice given is much better than I expected it to be. It is quite dated, but charmingly so, and without being (too) aggravating. Here are a few good ones:

  • (For him) Don’t be surprised, or annoyed, or disappointed, to find, after treating your wife for years as a feather-brain, that you have made her one, and that she fails to rise to the occasion when you need her help.
  • (For him) Don’t sulk when things go wrong. If you can’t help being vexed, say so, and get it over with.
  • (For her) Don’t give baby the same name as his father, and then have to talk of “Big John” and “Little John,” or of “Old John” and “Young John.” Call your husband always by his own name, and let your boys have names of their own, too.
  • (For her) Don’t permit yourself to forget for a single instant that nothing is more annoying to a tired man than the sight of a half-finished laundry work. The remotest hint of a “washing day” is like a red rag to a bull.
  • (For her) Don’t be a household martyr. Some wives are never happy unless they are miserable, but their husbands don’t appreciate this peculiar trait. The woeful smile is most exasperating.

Isn’t that great?

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1 Comment »

  1. Renee Said:

    Sounds like a book with excellent advice! Very glad to hear of your old homestead having good memories-maybe I didn’t do everything wrong! Now if you could just find something on Sailor Moon and Synergy I bet you would be nostalgia-complete!


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