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Recipe for Avoiding Family Quarrels

January 15, 2012

I read this article of advice on the home page of  British Newspaper Archive  from The Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, Saturday 28th February 1891, page 13

The following is a recipe for avoiding family quarrels, which may fairly claim credit for good sense and originality. It was given by an old man, as invented, and practised by a couple he used to know. “You see”, he said, “They agreed between themselves that whenever he came home a little “contrairy” and out of temper, he wore his hat on the back of his head, and then she never said a word; and if she came in a little cross, and crooked, she threw her shawl over her left shoulder, and then he never said a word”. If similar danger signals could be pretty largely used, how many unnecessary collisions would be avoided, and how many a long train of evil consequences, would be safely shunted until the line was clear again.

Hope you find this advice useful to improve your family life.

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