|That is one intense book jacket.|
You can find the entire text online here. It's worth a read, if only for a chuckle over the way things have changed. The book is primarily a cookbook, but also opines at some length about social conventions, visiting, managing servants, and caring for invalids.
I mention it because I read a quote from the aforementioned Mrs. Beeton in which she said, "What moved me, in the first instance, to attempt a work like this, was the discomfort and suffering which I had seen brought upon men and women by household mismanagement. I have always thought that there is no more fruitful source of family discontent than a housewife's badly-cooked dinners and untidy ways."
Obviously the blame for this no longer lies just at the feet of the housewife. But I'm curious to know, readers, do you think that bad dinners and an untidy house are a source of "family discontent"? Domestic stress? Mr. Scrimp and I certainly seem to have a much better time when things are really clean and organized.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think.