Author(s): ARMSTRONG ED., GEORGE
A fascinating collection of Victorian domestic wisdom, from recipes for home remedies to rules for good party etiquette. For advice on all aspects of life and a glimpse into the minds of generations past, enquire within What is the correct way to carve a partride? How should leeches be applied? How can egg whites be used to repair broken china? When it was first published in 1856, Enquire Within was an indispensable guide to Victorian domestic life, packed with words of wisdom and advice on everything from entertaining and etiquette to household management, taking in how singing can prevent consumption, how to care for one's hat by beating it with a cane, and, of course, why chess should be avoided at a ball. Now, this new, charmingly illustrated pocket-sized edition contains a selection of hints and tips that not only provide a fascinating insight into the day-to-day of Victorian Britain, but also, in places, reveal timeless wisdom that we would do well to heed today, such as making your home companionable by always welcoming guests with a clear introduction and a smile.
This would make a great gift for a friend or family member who's into all things Victorian - that is, if you can part with it yourself! You might find it hard to do that, because it's packed with great insights into Victorian domestic life. It's been described as "the Victorian equivalent of the Internet", which is a great way to think of it: a collection of information, handy hints and tips all in one place. Paul, The Book Grocer