Ways of Living on Small Means
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1837 edition. Excerpt: ...they seem willing to afford. As they use but one sort of food at a meal, and require but one set of plates, the washing and clearing of dishes is disposed of, and the house clean at seven. Then comes a long forenoon for study and labor; though, when the weather is tolerable, it is frequently broken, about in the middle, by a walk, or a ride--usually the former. Sometimes, too, they are interrupted more or less by calls. At eleven, Mrs. A. puts on some potatoes to boil, and then resumes her work. At twelve, or whenever the potatoes are boiled, Mary, her adopted daughter, spreads a neat cloth over the table, sets on the dish of potatoes, the bread, and a pitcher of water, with some tumblers, and informs her mother that dinner is ready. With their plain dinner, and pleasant conversation, they pass half an hour, and even more; sometimes sitting till one o'clock, especially if they have company. If the most illustrious visitors are present, they add nothing to the bread and potatoes, or whatever plain dishes they happen to have on the table, except perhaps some one kind of the best fruit of the season; and they never make any apologies. The afternoon is spent partly in study, partly in visiting and in receiving visits, and partly in free conversation, in amusement of some sort, and in light reading. Supper consists, usually, of soup of some sort or other, as pea soup, bier soup--a foreign dish, Sic. It is as sitriple as the breakfast or the dinner, but not as often varied. They always retire at or before nine o'clock--frequently at eight. You would be delighted with this simplicity, although you might not like to imitate it. And yet many a family, who live on the more ' " costly viands," would be gainers, infinitely so, even in physical enjoyment, ...
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