The angel over the right shoulder; or, The beginning of a new year

The angel over the right shoulder or The beginning of a new year an excerpt from the beginning of the story There a woman s work is never done said Mrs James I thought for once I was through but just look at that lamp now it will not burn and I must go and spe

  • Title: The angel over the right shoulder; or, The beginning of a new year
  • Author: Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • an excerpt from the beginning of the story There a woman s work is never done, said Mrs James I thought, for once, I was through but just look at that lamp, now it will not burn, and I must go and spend half an hour over it Don t you wish you had never been married said Mr James, with a good natured laugh Yes rose to her lips, but was checked by a glanan excerpt from the beginning of the story There a woman s work is never done, said Mrs James I thought, for once, I was through but just look at that lamp, now it will not burn, and I must go and spend half an hour over it Don t you wish you had never been married said Mr James, with a good natured laugh Yes rose to her lips, but was checked by a glance at the group upon the floor, where her husband was stretched out, and two little urchins with sparkling eyes and glowing cheeks, were climbing and tumbling over him, as if they found in this play the very essence of fun She did say, I should like the good, without the evil, if I could have it You have no evils to endure, replied her husband That is just all you gentlemen know about it What would you think, if you could not get an uninterrupted half hour to yourself, from morning till night I believe you would give up trying to do anything There is no need of that all you want, is system If you arranged your work systematically, you would find that you could command your time Well, was the reply, all I wish is, that you could just follow me around for one day, and see what I have to do If you could reduce it all to system, I think you would show yourself a genius.

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    One Reply to “The angel over the right shoulder; or, The beginning of a new year”

    1. The author's real name was Elizabeth Stuart Phelps. She was married to a minister and her short life (1815-1852--37 years) was but a struggle between her two great loves: her family (and the domestic chores that went with it) and writing.Housewives would love this story. Here, the husband convinces the wife to try a little experiment. She would set aside two straight hours each day (from 11 am to 1 pm) for her own private use, shutting herself inside her room, forgetting all her household chores [...]

    2. Published in 1852, this is a really quick read-- about seven pages. While it really illustrates gender roles of the time between man and wife, it's really easy to find connections to our modern society and the parallels between their relationship. A man commits his wife to a little experiment-- every day for a month, she will take two hours to herself and neglect all her chores and duties as both a mother and her wife. She insists that it's impossible, but goes along with her husband's plan, if [...]

    3. A stressed and unfulfilled housewife and mother is asked by her husband to try an experiment; she's to have an hour or so each day just to do things for herself. The woman agrees and tries the experiment but everytime she goes into her room for a little 'me' time she is interrupted.Unfulfilled and highly stressed out, the woman moans about how meaningless and mundane her life is until she gets a wake-up call and new lease on life by two Guardian Angels. This is a short story that can be read in [...]

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