This is a cool book from a nostalgia point of view. I enjoyed leafing through it (until my lungs exploded from dust and mold spores, that is.) However, the school library this came from is not really the place for it anymore. Kids aren’t interested, and teachers can’t teach from it because it’s so horribly old fashioned. Check out these excerpts:
- A governess? When was the last time people used that term? And, wow, that would NOT have been the job for me in 1959 if those were the expectations.
- Trousseau.No one has a trousseau. They just load up on expensive crap on their wedding gift registry. I have been married since 1996, and I still don’t own half of this stuff. 8 sheets for each bed? 2 blanket covers made of “washable silk or fine cotton”? Nope.
- “Paying a visit to a lady who has no maid.” Ha ha ha ha ha!! When I go to Mary’s house, she always says it’s the maid’s day off. She’s never invited me onto her “veranda,” though. How rude!
- Visiting cards? That’s kind of nice, actually. Completely impractical in the age when a tweet of “@librarymary40 Headed ur way, get out the fine china” would suffice, but…nice.