November 28, 2009

Mother Knows Best: Rules to be Read Once a Month Part 5


"[a wife] ought to think of nothing but him [husband], to please him and fulfil his will... 
True happiness in this world is to be found in a happy marriage; I speak from experience. Everything depends on the wife; she must be obliging, gentle, and amusing.”  

Maria Theresa 4 May 1770


6 comments :

  1. Funny, my mother told me 'that house work done well will kill you, so it is important one marry's well enough to hire an efficient staff,' it is very advice I think.
    All the very best.

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  2. It is true, of course, and sound advice. As long as one person in a pair is willing to be obliging, then the relationship will go well.

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  3. Silly and dated advice. I am not impressed. Even ole Queen Vicky from across the channel could probably come up with something less insulting to both man and wife.

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  4. This was sound advice for Antoi... and maybe I could learn a little from it too :o)

    But my FAV advice from MT is still the excuses and 'kill em with kindness' approach in the 4th post


    Mother Knows Best Pt 4

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  5. Oh, kill them with kindness is rock solid. I'll grant that. I learned it from an older colleague of mine years ago, when I waited tables at the Ground Round. Serving the public requires as much motherly advice as any marriage ever will.

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  6. I wonder how far MT practised what she preached. The balance of power between herself and her husband was totally different to the Louis/Antoinette situation as MT was a ruler, not a consort, and I think that made it harder for her to advise MA, she really hadn't been in the same situation.

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