In December of last year, I read and reviewed Don'ts for Wives. Impressed by this little book, I ordered the companion book, Don'ts for Husbands, for my own sweet hubby, as a stocking stuffer (although it did not arrive in time for Christmas morning). I liked the idea of me and my husband having these books at bedside. Being the curious wife that I am, I also read this pocket-sized book for husbands, written by Blanche Ebbutt and published nearly a century ago, to learn what advice this author might have for them, and to garner some new insights, perhaps, as a married woman. Is it still relevant today? You be the judge:
Don't be careless about keeping promises made to your wife. if you have promised to be home at seven, think twice before you go off with a friend at 6:30.
Don't shout when you are angry. It isn't necessary to let the children or the servants know all about it.
Don't omit to bring home an occasional bunch of flowers or a few chocolates. Your wife will value even a penny bunch of violets for your thought of her.
This book may be more valuable for husbands, but I relished it.