Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Father's Legacy to His Daughters, Conduct and Behaviour

If there was a foil to Fordyce's Sermons it would certainly be A Father's Legacy to His Daughters by Dr John Gregory.  This conduct book was written out of love for two daughters from a man who knew his death was near.  It has some refreshing and "Aww"-worthy bits of advice that young ladies of the 1770s.

"If, while a gentleman is speaking to you, one of superior rank addresses you, do not let your eager attention and visible preference betray the flutter of your heart...Consider that you expose yourseves to the ridicule of the company, and affront one gentleman, only to swell the triumph of another, who perhaps thinks he does you honour in speaking to you."

4 comments:

aurora said...

His advice can be used today. So lovely and touching.

Heather Carroll said...

Funny you mention that, the whole book is like that!

Gibson Girl said...

Wasn't there a scene in Evelina like this?

Heather Carroll said...

There was! Ev was constantly getting thrown into situations like that.