English, French, German, Italian, and American Household Management in the Early 1900s
Apologies for the more lengthy excerpt, but I thought this was too delightful not to share!
The English household comes across as ‘just-so’. This would be the Downton Abby – era household.
As for the French, I’ve never heard of a “dot” before, but figured it was a dowry. A quick internet search and we learn that the dowry in French is quittance de dot.
The German excerpt certainly lives up to its cultural heritage of efficiency and “capable management!”
Wouldn’t it be lovely to have your personal chef come in once a day to consult on the menu, buy fresh ingredients daily, and cook the meals? Love the bit about the “earthen jar filled with olive oil from which he dips what he needs and which never turns rancid.”
And then we get to the Americans…sigh.
I hope you enjoyed this brief globe-trotting trip of 19th century households.
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