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The Gentlewoman's Companion: or, A Guide to the Female Sex, an electronic edition

by Hannah Woolley [Woolley, Hannah, fl. 1670]

date: 1675
source publisher: Printed by A. Maxwell for Edward Thomas
collection: Early Modern through the 18th Century

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Instructions for under-Cook-Maids.

| | 214 It behoves you to be very diligent and willing to do what you are bid to do; and though your employment be greasie and smutty, yet if you please you may keep your self from being nasty, therefore let it be your care to keep your self clean. Observe every thing n Cookery that is done by your Superiour, treasure it up in your memory; and when you meet with a convenient opportunity, put that in practice which you have obsewed, this course will advance you from a drudg tobe a Cook another day.

Every one must have a beginning; and if you will be ingenious and willing to learn, there is none will be so churlish or unkind as to be unwilling to teach you; but if you are stubborn and careless, who do you think will trouble themselves with you? Beware of Gossips, for they will misadvise you; beware of the sollicitations of the flesh, for they will undo you; and though you may have mean thoughts of your self, and think none will meddle with such as you; it is a mistake, Hungry Dogs will eat dirty Puddings; and I my self have known a brave Gallant to fall foul with the Wench of the Skullery, when some others would have hazarded their life for one sole enjoyment of that incomparable Lady his Wife, he so ingratefully slighted.