This little filler takes a metaphor just about as far as it should go, in a piece of domestic advice that would have been foreign in the early years of Robert Merry’s Museum.
“Gardening For Ladies” (from Robert Merry’s Museum, November 1863; p. 147)

An excellent system of gardening for ladies: Make up your beds early in the morning; sew buttons on your husband’s shirts; do not make up any grievances; protect the young and tender branches of your family; plant a smile of good temper in your face; and carefully root out all angry feelings, and expect a crop of happiness.

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