Friday, March 5, 2010

Quote du jour/E.M. Delafield


(Query, mainly rhetorical: Why are non-professional women, if married and with children, so frequently referred to as "leisured" ? Answer comes there none.)

E. M. Delafield
Diary of a Provincial Lady, 1931

18 comments:

  1. What this says to me is there is nothing new under the sun. Leisured? Really? Not so much!

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  2. Amen. I hope Spring is creeping closer towards you. :)

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  3. That is hilarious and quite true and cutting - thanks for sharing

    Hannah

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  4. I love it, Nan! I'm going to share this with some of my friends who are "just at home" and "don't work" like me! ;)

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  5. Oh I LOVE THIS!

    Leisured. I really haven't known many such ladies to be "leisured."

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  6. Great Quote, Nan!
    Love it!
    Leisured...humph!

    Oh, I see that you are still on an Irish roll! The book you just received from the library looks so interesting! Unfortunately, it is not in any of our libraries.
    I could ILLO it but have to get through my pile first.
    I have read the books by Patrick Taylor as well as Alice Taylor this winter and have enjoyed both. I have enjoyed my Irish theme over the winter!
    Enjoy your day!
    Joanne in Ontario

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  7. I had a feeling you would enjoy this terrific quote! It gives a good sense of the Provincial Lady's humor. If you haven't read Diary of a Provincial Lady, you might enjoy it. It is one of my top favorite books.

    Joanne, I've just read one Alice Taylor, and would really like to start at the beginning and go right through.

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  8. oh the whole diary is hilarious.. one of my favourite books..

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  9. am back after a long gap and trying your cookie recipes again... wich I had more time to read all these lovely blogs!!

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  10. Nan, I've been away from blogs, both reading and writing for a few months and am catching up today--reading your posts resulted in my purchasing two books fro Amazon and deciding to bake a cake! You are influential.

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  11. No longer "leisured" - now they have their own "Housewives of..." reality shows... :)

    - Jeff

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  12. Oh, dear Delafield! Love Provincial Lady Diaries ...
    Margaret P

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  13. Offley Hoo, thanks for coming by - I love the books too!

    Arcadian Advocate, good to see you. I feel the same way. I could spend all day, every day reading blogs!

    Beth, so glad you wrote. I hoped you were 'just' busy. Which books?? Which cake?? I'm delighted!

    Jeff - :<)

    Margaret, me too!

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  14. mmmm, the toasted butter pecan and it was/is delicious! Happy Birthday, by the way. I ordered the Beatrix Potter journal and the Rick Bragg book--I've read his others and enjoyed them.

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  15. I love the Provincial Lady. I have her Diary, In London, In Russia and In Wartime.

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  16. Beth, I'm so glad you tried it, and liked it. A real fave around here! And I am really pleased about the books. I'm quite sure you'll enjoy them both.

    Commonweeder, I have just the first, and the London book, but America is on the way! Have I said that I love your new picture! (or is avatar the correct word?)

    Dee, me either, and my kids are grown!

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