In 1894, Ruth Smythers, ‘Beloved wife of The Reverend L. D. Smythers’, wrote:
While sex is at best revolting and at worse rather painful, it has to be endured...
One cardinal rule of marriage should never be forgotten: give little, give seldom and, above all, give grudgingly...’
She didn’t intend to be amusing, but this brief treatise written for young brides is side splitting today and an eye-opener to how mores have changed in just over a century.
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