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Good Wives by Margaret Forster
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Jan 11, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: britain, india, non-fiction, women, america, social-science, 2009
Read in December, 2009

A discourse on what it meant to be a 'good wife' from 1850 to present(ish) day, using three women as case studies. Margaret Forster herself was not comfortable with the idea of being a wife, due to the uneven nature of the married relationship that it created (the bride pledges to to honour and OBEY, and the groom does not). Even as an 'anti-establishment' wife (with no promises to 'obey' whatsoever), she still on several occasions stepped down herself to enable her husband to promote his career. Maybe not so much has changed since the 1850s... :(

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