If his hands left his head, or he began to wriggle, his bare backside was chastised with the strap while he held his position. With the coming of the Industrial Age and the rise of the mostly mercantile middle class, the use of governesses spread. These organizations also provided temporary housing, insurance, and annuities for the aging governess. A Historical View of the Victorian Governess Although the governess serves as the heroine in Jane Eyre, she was not a popular figure in Victorian England. Timmy hung his head in shame and nodded. He lived in England and wrote novels and short stories, which criticized society.
The Victorian governess continues to capture the imagination. Her skin was pale and had an almost translucent quality. But on any day you've had to whip Alice, you will report to me after she's in bed, and I'll do the same to you. Punishment for self-abuse was at its height during the Victorian era and much of it was delivered by the Nanny, Governess or indeed by other female members of the household staff. In the dark corridor, Timmy knelt painfully on the hard floorboards with his face pressed feverishly into the door frame. Much less is known about the governess in reality.
As a sign of this social limbo she frequently ate on her own, away from the rest of the family and servants. Life could feel very lonely: 19 year old Edith Gates, a governess in Reading in the 1870s, confides to her diary how homesick she feels. Bottling: Various compounds of wintergreen, peppers, mustard seed, etc. Being paid to educate another woman's children set in play a series of social and emotional tensions. She was an anomaly in her own time, and no one knew exactly what to do with her, so they tried everything: they gave her morals; they made her immoral; they made her smart; they made her silly—the governess was represented by so many characters and poems and texts and reports, yet she cannot answer to a single one.
There were many similar books aimed at the governess too, telling her what to teach and how to manage the relationship with her employers. She grabbed his right hand and twisted it up behind his back while simultaneously lifting her right leg. If a particular governess was young and attractive, the lady of the house might well perceive a potential threat to her marriage, and enforce the governess' social exclusion more rigorously. This punishment, even for a short length of time was humiliating and harsh in the extreme. Then Governess broke the spell as she moved her puckered lips from his eager lips to kiss his forehead and spoke her words of goodnight. What emerges from this investigation is the surprising fact that punishments for masturbation have changed very little over the years and, moreover, that it has been predominantly the female in the household who has been more tasked to seek out and deal with the male self-abuser. His interest, however, is not purely scientific, as he wants to witness a birching.
If committed by a member of the household, these insults were difficult to defend against. Because upper or middle-class children spent most of their time with their governess, there was always the danger that they might develop a more intense attachment to her than to their own mother. Did she picture that frenzied self abuse as she bent to display her rubber clad buttocks? Many of the magazine's 'Reader's Letters' which found their way into print had not been penned by readers but had been lifted from more scurrilous sources! John Bickley, a young gentleman of the neighbourhood who was heir to a great fortune. The rod was seldom spared and even petty acts of mischief were dealt with diligently. He subsequently fell in love with Miss Crosswell and made her an offer of marriage. Now she was passing on the colours to him and that colour was decidedly red.
Drawing on original diaries and a variety of previously undiscovered sources, Kathryn Hughes describes why the period 1840-80 was the classic age of governesses. It was seen as disgraceful for girls of this class to work in a menial position or to work in a shop. Some examples include: Finger Stocks: A wooden device, which held the fingers and thumbs of both hands. Hands and arms were enclosed within a long narrow canvas bag, which reached halfway up the upper part of his arms. Only the Headmaster flogged with this implement, which was harsh in the extreme! Restraints were imposed generally as an additional punishment for acts of masturbation as well as providing physical deterrence for any future offense.
Her education consisted of a series of accomplishments designed to attract a husband able to keep her in the style to which she had become accustomed from birth. References to the punishment of masturbation prior to the 18th century are few and far between. There were variations depending on the original author but all followed similar guidelines and established similar routines and punishments for infractions of the rules. No, I'm just the humble butler. Her memoirs were later novelised as , which in turn inspired the musical drama.
Kindly have the tin bath filled with cold water, and bring me a scrubbing brush and a bar of carbolic soap. If we look at the position of a governess in a Victorian household, we will find that it was quite awkward. His arms ached but his hands were glued to his head as Timmy was transfixed in a state of fevered torment. Let us now examine some of the punishments that were commonly applied in the Victorian and Edwardian households. For that reason, advice books aimed at employers recommended employing a plain governess. It was the type of job that almost all young girls would not want to be but ironically the children of the household most likely admired and were very fond of their governess. The governess might also be in charge of small boys up to the age of eight, before they were sent away to school.
Not that there would be any time to pursue her own interests, as in addition to educational supervision, she was responsible for the social and moral development of her charges. In addition the Reformation of Tudor times destroyed the Catholic teachings and spread a somewhat barren moral wasteland before the confused and increasingly apathetic population. His Honour, addressing the jury, said that if it was any satisfaction to them to know it, he quite concurred in the decision at which they had arrived. Topics range from a Victorian-era report that offers a breakdown of the numbers of female lunatics by their former professions - former governesses form the highest percentage of female lunatics - to why a governess in a middle-class household was much more likely to be subjected to abuse and unfair treatment than a governess in an aristocratic household. I discovered this book through having read her excellent biography of Isabella Beeton. There is no other class which so cruelly requires its members to be, in birth, mind, and manners, above their station, in order to fit them for their station. .
In 1850 there were an estimated 21,000 governesses in England. My father never once harangued me about it but when I was old enough to have to wear the obligatory athletic supporter for sport, I was told in an oblique passing phrase that it would be a good thing to wear at night and such was the unspoken attitude towards masturbation, I needed no clarification as to why. Device used to prevent masturbation The practice of punishing the perpetrator of the act of masturbation is one that can be traced in documented form to the time of the Roman Empire. It was considered appropriate because, while it was paid work, it was in the home. The role of a governess is a bit different from a nanny or a babysitter for the matter.