In the days of Jane Austen women made pickles and jams and conserves, or cured hams, while waiting for a husband. When the husband came not, they languished and died. But now women are all vitality and life.
Manufacturers make jam and pickles; women have discarded satin shoes for walking, and donned stout boots; they no longer enjoy galloping consumption, but galloping after hounds.
Women are virile and alive to-day; they hate being thought weak just as in Jane Austen’s time girls hated being thought strong.
– Women The World Over (1914)
It’s funny reading that final paragraph because some women in 2011 would’ve considered the Edwardian women as weak as their sisters from 1810. I guess each generation thinks they are superior to the previous one, eh? Now just for laughs have you watched that video called Jane Austen Fight Club? It’s absolutely hilarious!
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