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What, after all, can they really have to tell us, that we have not now been told at least a hundred times over? Gradually, however, women began to spend less and less time reading conduct books and more and more time reading novels, which also provided advice on what a woman should and should not do, but in a manner that was much more entertaining and — very importantly!
— much more like, admitting — perhaps for the very first time — that women too have a fulsome interior life, with thoughts and feelings that are as crucial to get right as the actions that follow from them.
‘Just listen to what he says,’ its authors recommend.
, but takes it upon herself rather to direct the course of proceedings than anything else.