Being Female

An easier time?

I've been reading a lot of Jane Austen lately.

I've now finished Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park.

I'm starting to think they were on to something in the 1800's.

For instance, 'because I said so' seemed to be a valid reply in those days. I tried using this line with eldest daughter today but it didn't work. My teen just stood in the doorway and continued to glare at me. In Jane Austen's books the young girl would have flounced away in tears.

I wanted flounce. Okay, I wanted her gone – I was tired of fighting.

I am going to start on Jane Eyre tomorrow. I bet she never glared at anyone. I think they just sent her off to boarding school when she got out of hand.

Like I said, I think they were on to something in the 1800's.

8 thoughts on “An easier time?

  1. Ooooh. Yes, arranged marriages must have given parents quite an advantage in managing daughters. I wonder how boys were convinced to behave?
    It’s the Boy at our house who ought to be flouncing but who is instead opting to throw around his big, rotten attitude. Teens do eventually turn into grown-ups, right?!


  2. My oldest flounces away (OK, I guess it is more like storming away) when we argue. She doesn’t like the answer “because I said so” but she knows that not liking it isn’t going to change the answer. Of course, when she actually becomes a teenager, that may change.


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