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An Essay at the artwork of Ingeniously Tormenting is the 1st English booklet at the craft of nagging. A bitingly humorous social satire, it's also an suggestion e-book, a guide of anti-etiquette, and a comedy of manners. The artwork offers a desirable glimpse into eighteenth-century lifestyle, the therapy of servants and dependants and the citing of youngsters, and is an exhilarating precursor to the paintings of Jane Austen. - Read more...


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When you have such an one, then remember you have a jewel. In the first place, make a favourite of her; for be it observed always, that the very worst amongst your servants is to be your greatest favourite. Hearken to all the stories she has a mind to tell you, of the rest of the servants; and if any complaint is made against her, say you disbelieve it; adding, that you perceive they are all in a plot against poor Martha the cook; and that they have a mind to distress you, by endeavouring to make you part with the only good servant you have; besides intending, you suppose, to poison you with some slut* of their own recommending.

Their uses for the Tormenting your servants are various. In the first place, if they are properly encouraged, and never tamed, they will be so liberal of their teeth and claws, that the servants will, in general, be bit and scratched all over. Then, if your servants should dare to offend one of these favourites, there is a noble field for scolding and rating them: and one farther use, and not one of the least, of these animals, is to feed them with all sorts of rarities, and give them (I mean the dogs and cats) what anyone would be glad of, while you feed your servants with the coarsest and cheapest diet that you can get.

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