Excerpt from The Housekeeper's Week
In America this is rarer, much rarer, than in France or Germany where the part played by the woman in the marriage partnership and in the mak ing of home is better understood and defined.
It is said that it takes three generations ... to make a gentleman. Perhaps it takes as many to make the best of housekeepers. The young woman who begins housekeeping with a body of seasoned and systema tized knowledge inherited from her mother and grandmother is lucky. Where this should be the rule, it is the exception, and that, not always because the mother and grandmother have not had the knowledge to impart but often in America because such know ledge is not held of sufficient importance to be handed on. A mother hopes that her daughter may be richer than she and may therefore escape household cares; and in consequence the daughter goes untrained to a test which, whether She be rich or poor, demands thoughtful preparation. If this untrained young housekeeper has servants she is at their mercy and' must depend upon them for the knowledge which should be her special province; if she has none She must take the long hard road to experience.
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