Quotation by John Aubrey

In proper English households . . . one writer remembered in the 1630s as a time when, "The child perfectly loathed the sight of his parents, as the slave his Torturer. Gentlemen of 30 or 40 years old, fitt for any employment in the commonwealth, were to stand like great mutes and fools bare headed before their parents; and the Daughters (grown women) were to stand at the Cupboards side during the whole time of the proud mothers visit, unless (as the fashion was) 'twas desired that leave (forsooth) should be given to them to kneele upon cushions brought them by the servingman, after they had done sufficient Penance standing."
John Aubrey (20th century), British historian. As quoted in The Rise and Fall of Childhood, by C. John Sommerville, ch. 11 (rev. 1990).
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