An essay on the art of ingeniously tormenting by Jane Collier

By Jane Collier

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


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The ability sarcastically to deride other women’s learning also pays dividends. If your sisters-in-law should dare to point out a fine painting during a trip to Windsor Castle, ‘you may say “that, indeed, you don’t pretend to understand painting and history, and such learned things; you leave those studies to such wise ladies as they are . ” ’ (pp. 90–1). A dependant makes excellent fodder for teasing if she is well educated, for the tormentor may unleash 37 Quoted in Todd, The Sign of Angellica, 131, from The Letters of Mrs Elizabeth Montagu, ed.

The Spectator, 5 vols. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1965; reissued 1987), ii. 442: no. 242 (7 December 1711). 48 Pope’s witty woman, Atossa, suggests the perils women exposed themselves to when they criticized others, for although she Shines, in exposing knaves, and painting fools, Yet is, whate’er she hates and ridicules ... 49 Outspoken, articulate women, particularly those who criticized others in print, sometimes received far more savage treatment than the targets of their own satires. Collier risked being compared to the shrewish women she so eloquently lampooned, and it is easy to underestimate the extent to which she laid herself open to reproach.

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 he can say in his defence, for not having performed impossibilities. Or you may lay several traps, to tempt him not to adhere strictly to your commands, and then make it a matter of offence, whether he does, or does not. * 16 The Art of Ingeniously Tormenting If you go to visit a friend, in a showery day, when the weather is quite uncertain, you may order your footman to come for you at such an hour, and bid him come without the coach, for you would walk home.

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