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By Jane Collier

An Essay at the artwork of Ingeniously Tormenting is the 1st English booklet at the craft of nagging. A bitingly humorous social satire, it's also an recommendation ebook, a guide of anti-etiquette, and a comedy of manners. The paintings offers a desirable glimpse into eighteenth-century way of life, the therapy of servants and dependants and the citing of youngsters, and is an exhilarating precursor to the artwork of Jane Austen. - Read more...

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Her commonplace book confirms that both Jane and her sister Margaret, who transcribed its contents, knew Latin and Greek—skills foundational to the education of gentlemen but seldom taught to girls because they were thought to be irrelevant to domestic life. She quotes in The Art from Abraham Cowley’s translation of the works of Martial, the Roman satirical epigrammist, and probably knew Horace’s satires as well as Ars Poetica before Henry Fielding presented her with a copy of Horace’s works in 1754.

Even simple-minded obtuseness is a skill well worth mastering. If your husband wants you to read poetry, ‘you may say, that indeed you have other things to mind besides poetry; and if he was uneasy at your taking care of your family and children, and mending his shirts, you wished he had a learned wife; and then he would soon see himself in a jail, and his family in rags’ (p. 56). Here Collier mocks the damaging assumption that educated women make neglectful wives, incapable of keeping house and fulfilling other domestic responsibilities.

If she should be ever so good a cook, and should happen to be good-tempered, you must not let her escape you, but must always send her down word, that your dinner was not eatable. It is true indeed, that, by this means, you may make her leave her place, and you may lose a good servant: but you are no true lover of the noble game of Tormenting, if a good dinner, or any other convenience or enjoyment, can give you half the pleasure, as the teasing and mortifying a good industrious servant, who has done her very best to please you.

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