When women ven­tured out to a pub­lic event, in hope of find­ing ro­mance, they usu­ally found the men dead drunk

The Herald Magazine - - REAL LIVES -

and all-con­sum­ing labour it could be. And an ac­count of how a 19th-cen­tury farmer’s wife spent her day is hum­bling.

In an­other Vic­to­rian house­hold, the cook’s tem­per was as hot as her cur­ries. Sacked from one post by the novelist Janet Storey, Betty went to work for a friend of hers. It proved a short-lived re­prieve. “Not long af­ter she had taken up her du­ties, Mr Sprot, hear­ing from his wife that what she

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