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What does ill-sooted mean?
Jayne Jayne Sep 23, 2011 04:57AM
"Among all the species and degrees of slavery that have excited the attention of mankind.....there is perhaps none more pitiable than that of the ill-sooted wife."

It's on page 105. Ill-suited doesn't fit here. Ill soothed doesn't make sense. Ideas?



"Soot" used to simply mean sort of something that sits on something else (like how soot sort of sits on everything around the fireplace), so I read that phrase as meaning a wife who is not well seated, does not fit her place, is not comfortable in her position/household/status or other expected position. A woman who is not happy with what she is doing or what her life is (and it that time, likely entirely unable to change it).

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Jayne Thanks Katie. How did you know that? I tried googling and didn't get anywhere.
Sep 24, 2011 02:52AM

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