Governess A governess is a woman employed to teach and train children in a private household In contrast to a nanny formerly called a nurse , she concentrates on teaching children instead of meeting their physical needs Her charges are of school age rather than babies The position of governess used to be common in well off European families before the First World War, especially in the countryside Krystyna Wituska Her Life and Literary Afterlife The letters reveal a spirited, well educated young woman of philosophical bent, a gifted writer, warm, affectionate, often funny though at times expressing rather dark humour, brave and kind, concerned often about others especially the anguish of her parents than about herself. Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice Notes on Random Topics Fair The phrase fair X, indicating that X is a woman or women, had long been an unimaginative clich by Jane Austen s day The two characters in Pride and Prejudice who use it are foolish ones Sir William Lucas who refers to Elizabeth, when dancing with Darcy, as his fair partner , and Mr Collins who continually refers to the Bennet daughters as my fair cousins. Seven Minutes in Heaven by Eloisa James Mea Culpa, Seven Minutes in Heaven An early reviewer of Seven Minutes was the first but by no means the last to point out that Lisette s mother is clearly mentioned in A Duke of Her Own as having died of a broken heart I was trying to figure out what circumstances would produce someone like Lisette, and I came up with her mother, as portrayed in this book. Wellred Weekly Vol , No Governess During the s and s a range of periodicals of the time touched on the plight of the governess, which was described as a combination of low pay and poor working conditions. Jane Austen Info Page Jane Austen at The Republic of Compendious page devoted to Jane Austen, English novelist has illustrated hypertext of Pride and Prejudice, HTML e texts of her letters and many minor works , biographical info, images, bibliographies, and pointers to other resources. Mary Wollstonecraft Mary Wollstonecraft April September was an English writer, philosopher, and advocate of women s rights.During her brief career, she wrote novels, treatises, a travel narrative, a history of the French Revolution, a conduct book, and a children s book.Wollstonecraft is best known for A Vindication of the Rights of Woman , in which she argues that women are not Seven Minutes in Heaven Desperate Duchesses by the Seven Minutes in Heaven Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers Kindle edition by Eloisa James Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Seven Minutes in Heaven Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers. Alas, Poor Lady by Rachel Ferguson Persephone Books By the time Rachel Ferguson wrote Alas, Poor Lady in it was possible to look back with horror and disbelief at what had happened to the daughters of extravagantly large Victorian families, victims of parental incompetence p , who did not manage, through ineptitude or plainness or bad luck, to catch a husband. This novel is in the Lytton Strachey tradition of furious anger with Heeled and Gloved Castlekeys While some of the correspondents mention how they were laced so tightly in school and that the teachers were also tight laced And as in those days I had the misfortune to be an instructress in a fashionable school, where, as some of the letters state, figure training was important than any other forms of studies prescribed.