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crownoflaurel

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Guards! Guards!: A Novel of Discworld
Terry Pratchett
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Douglas R. Hofstadter
The Falcon at the Portal
Elizabeth Peters
Pride and Platypus: Mr. Darcy's Dreadful Secret
Vera Nazarian, Jane Austen

How to Create the Perfect Wife: Britain's Most Ineligible Bachelor and His Enlightened Quest to Train the Ideal Mate

How to Create the Perfect Wife: Britain's Most Ineligible Bachelor and His Enlightened Quest to Train the Ideal Mate - Wendy Moore

Really well-written & researched, though the topic makes for difficult reading. I enjoyed the obvious comparison's to Galatea/Pygmalion.

I disagree with Moore's assertion at the end that Day was just misguided & not wicked, because I couldn't help but compare him to modern kidnappers like the late Ariel Castro, especially since both of them were utterly unrepentant of their acts. While clearly the education of Sabrina was influenced by the ideas of the Enlightenment, I think the comparison between Day's anti-slavery sentiments vs his need to control his wife reveals a deeper...issue, I guess? There's something that makes these men think they are perfectly in the right to enslave a woman...and I find it baffling & disturbing.