the good wife guide

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    The following was published as recently as the early sixties. The last couple of paragraphs are particularly amusing.

    This version is similar from "The Good Wife Guide"

    Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious
    meal ready on time for his return from work. This is a way of letting him
    know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his
    needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good
    meal (especially his favourite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.

    Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you will be refreshed when he
    arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh
    looking. He has just been with a lot of work weary people. Be a little gay
    and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and
    one of your duties is to provide it.

    Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the
    house just before your husband arrives. Gather up school books, toys,
    papers etc. and then run a dust cloth over the tables. During the colder
    months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind
    by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order and it
    will give you a lift too. After all, catering for his comfort will provide
    you with immense personal satisfaction.

    Minimise all noise. At the time of his arrival eliminate all noise of the
    washer, dryer or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet.

    Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in
    your desire to please him. Listen to him. You may have a dozen important
    things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him
    talk first, remember his topics of conversation are more important than
    yours. Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late or goes
    out to dinner or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try
    to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to
    be at home and relax.

    Try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order and tranquillity
    where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit. Don't greet him
    with complaints and problems. Don't complain if he's late home for dinner,
    or even stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might
    have gone through that day.

    Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have
    him lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.
    Arrange the pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low,
    soothing and pleasant voice.

    Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgement or
    integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always
    exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness.

    Once he has had a chance to have his evening meal clear the dishes and
    wash up promptly. If your husband should offer to help decline his offer
    as he may feel obliged to repeat this offer and after a long working day
    he does not need the extra work.

    Encourage your husband to pursue his hobbies and interests and be
    supportive without seeming to encroach. If you have any little hobbies
    yourself try not to bore him speaking of these, as women's interests are
    often rather trivial compared to men's. At the end of the evening tidy the
    home ready for the morning and again think ahead to his breakfast needs.
    Your husband's breakfast is vital if he is to face the outside world in a
    positive fashion.

    Once you have both retired to the bedroom prepare yourself for bed as
    promptly as possible. Whilst feminine hygiene is of the utmost importance
    your tired husband does not want to queue for the bathroom as he would
    have to do for his train. But remember to look your best when going to
    bed. Try to achieve a look that is welcoming without being obvious. If you
    need to apply face-cream or hair-rollers wait until he is asleep as this
    can be shocking to a man last thing at night.

    When it comes to the possibility of intimate relations with your husband
    it is important to remember your marriage vows and in particular your
    commitment to obey him. If he feels that he needs to sleep immediately
    then so be it. In all things be lead by your husband's wishes, do not
    pressure him in any way to stimulate intimacy. Should your husband suggest
    congress then accede humbly all the while being mindful that a man's
    satisfaction is more important than a woman's. When he reaches his moment
    of fulfilment a small moan from yourself is encouraging to him and quite
    sufficient to indicate any enjoyment that you may have had. Should your
    husband suggest any of the more unusual practices be obedient and
    uncomplaining but register any reluctance by remaining silent. It is
    likely that your husband will then fall promptly asleep so adjust your
    clothing, freshen up and apply your night time face and hair care
    products. You may then set the alarm so that you can arise shortly before
    him in the morning. This will enable you to have his morning cup of tea
    ready when he awakes.

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