In this introduction, the narrator claims: This suggests that Cellier may have trained with a senior midwife with whom she would have read the central texts. In this case the neglect is especially unjust. For, can there be a clearer proof … than that it never did, nor ever can, answer any other end?
This will habituate them to that true hardness of heart, which is the foundation of our science. Collier, Jane Printed for A. Leather worn and rubbed, with erosion at tips and spine ends. A few pencil marks, page A New Dramatic Fable, co-written with Sarah Fielding—a work that has spurred even less curiosity than this, her signature and most unique book.
The acidity of this book has diminished very little over the centuries. Ironically it is also a book that has long suffered from the most dreaded affliction to which an author can succumb: Let the vulgar believe this if they will; but I, and my good pupils, understand things better; and, while we can enjoy the high pleasure of Tormenting, it matters not what the objects of our power either feel, think, or believe.
It is also an advice book, a handbook of anti-etiquette, and an energetic comedy of manners. It will equally answer in all stations; for how many hurt shins, bloody noses, broken heads, if not broken bones, has this sport caused…?
If you obey its guidelines, you will succeed in becoming a full-blown scoundrel. One would prefer, therefore, an introduction that might acknowledge that we are An essay on the art of ingeniously tormenting full text in the presence here of the accomplished novelists, much less of the satirists like Pope and Swift.
Beauty, or deformity; good sense, or the want of it; may any of them, with proper management, so well answer your purpose, that you need not be very curious as to that matter: When they are well versed in this sport of Tormenting amongst animals, they may introduce it, under the aforesaid name, amongst their friends and acquaintance.
Sensitivity, sincerity and benevolence were considered indispensable dispositions for the proper woman of the age.
In tone, this first is the more Swiftian section of the book, brimming with cynicism and cruelty, both playful and malicious; the second section largely rehashes similar themes and strategies. Guidebooks for etiquette were abundant in the 18th century, much in the same way self-help books are profuse today.
But her version of the tale is entirely personal, adding extra features that reflect her own life. It is available today thanks to a edition from Oxford World Classics as well as in free e-book formbut generally it has attracted attention only from academics. An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting, ed.
Binding shaken, with cracked spine, but still held together via the spine cords. Her star pupil would have to be a natural sociopath. With some General Instructions for Plaguing all your Acquaintance. View freely available titles: True to its title, The Art of Ingeniously Tormenting is first and foremost a manual to doing all those things you were strictly taught never to do.
A flair for mind games, however subtle or however childish, is always of value to the star student. To the master and mistresses, the narrator claims that "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.
With what contempt may we, adepts in this science, look down on the tyrants of old! Both theft and murder are forbidden by God himself: But if by the blood streaming from her face or arms, it appears plainly, that the girl has been very much hurt, you may to show your great impartiality say, that you will fend for the children in, and reprimand them.
The more acquirements she has, the greater field will you have for insolence, and the pleasure of mortifying her … Pick out, if possible, one that has lived a happy life, under tender and indulgent parents. Let her be well-born, and well-educated. This gives frequent opportunities for rating and scolding; for it is but to make your orders impracticable and then, be sure not to hear one word they can fay in their defence, for not having performed impossibilities.
Otherwise, pages quite clean and crisp. Fate played a cruel joke by letting her voice fall on deaf ears for two centuries. Work remains to be done on how much of her history of midwifery or her model for a college derives from male-authored works.
Ultimately, though, children lucky enough to be born to people with such enthusiasms are subjected to a long-term initiation—a hazing, really—into this sport, practically from birth.
As a general rule, the narrator says, "By all means avoid an evenness of behaviour. It corrupts the role of women in the household as caretakers.
Millar, in the Strand; London, This is the first edition and the only edition published during the lifetime of Jane Collier An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting is the first English book on the craft of nagging.
A bitingly funny social satire, it is also an advice book, a handbook of anti-etiquette, and a comedy of manners.
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Ironically it is also a book that has long suffered from the most dreaded affliction to which an author can succumb: being forgotten.Download