By Jane Collier
An Essay at the paintings 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 way of life, the therapy of servants and dependants and the mentioning of youngsters, and is an exciting precursor to the paintings of Jane Austen. - ;'Now the game begins!'. An Essay at the artwork of Ingeniously Tormenting is the 1st English publication at the craft of nagging. A bitingly humorous social satire, it's also an suggestion e-book, a. Read more...
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Like a sword without a scabbard it wounds the wearer, and provokes assailants. ’37 Collier draws on both the educational initiatives of her contemporaries and the fears of anti-educationalists and, in so doing, sheds light on both. Her decision to structure The Art as a pedagogical treatise is a riposte to those who believed women scarcely capable of reason and their intellects not worth educating. 38 The Art takes dark delight in demonstrating just how pernicious the consequences might be of schooling ladies who have already proved themselves excellent students of obnoxiousness.
Like many other educated women, especially those in insecure social circumstances, she must surely have feared that she might be ridiculed for her wit. But she showed herself capable in The Art of reﬂecting intelligently on precisely those fears, and of writing with verve and humour about them. 40 Sarah Fielding, The Governess; Or, Little Female Academy (1749), p. iii. The Correspondence of Henry and Sarah Fielding ed. Martin C. Battestin and Clive T. Probyn (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993), 125.
663–4 6 The Art of Ingeniously Tormenting Unless, indeed, I should be told, that mankind are already too great adepts in this art, to need any farther instructions. May I hope that my dear countrymen will pardon me for presuming (by the very publication of these rules) that they are not already absolutely perfect in this our science? Or at least, that they may not always have an ingenious Torment ready at hand to inﬂict? By the common run of servants, it might have been presumed that Dean Swift’s instructions* to them were unnecessary: but I dare believe no one ever read over that ingenious work, without ﬁnding there some inventions for idleness, carelessness, and illbehaviour, which had never happened within his own experience.
An essay on the art of ingeniously tormenting by Jane Collier