[On keeping house]—The Jane Austen Handbook: Proper Life Skills from Regency England by Margaret C. Sullivan (Quirk Books, 2007, pp. 59, 72, 117)
Oversee the servants. Much of the daily interaction with the servants can be delegated to your housekeeper, but at the least you should know the name and function of each person working in your house.
[On raising children]
Give them treats. If all else fails, liberal slices of cake solve many child-rearing problems.
[On declining a marriage proposal]
Distract him. Introduce him to a girlfriend who is not as picky as you are.
- What is it about? Everything you'd ever want to know about how to behave, marry, run a house, attend a ball, and more in Regency England
- Fun extras: period crafts and card games; line art; lists of Austen movies and modern print retellings
- Who would like it? Jane Austen fans, Regency fans, anyone curious about life in the past
- Genre: nonfiction with a good dose of humor and based on Austen's plot lines and characters
- Miscellaneous: last week was the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride & Prejudice
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