I've mostly exhausted the textbooks available in the library here, so will have to decide if I want to ILL or not. But I've been reading a book about
domestic advisers from the 19th century to the 20th. I left it at home, so I can't put the title here at the moment, but I wanted to say that it explicitly says something that I'd gathered from the textbooks: that many of the domestic advisers were on a campaign to
Build the American Dream through interior decoration. As witnessed to by their desperate, long, lonely fight against the scourge of bric-a-brac
Also something else I suspected: the difference between what the domestic advisers were saying and what actual, normal women were doing was fairly large. But that's not exactly news here - for every woman who manages to maintain the perfect Martha Stewart home, there are about a hundred who settle for cleaning up the cat barf and calling that their daily accomplishment.*
* I find that's quite enough housework for the day, thankyouverymuch. And that problem is partly solved by Sora acting much more like a dog in cleaning up after Nefer, if you get what I'm saying.