I'll admit there are times when the prose style in the early 19th C ladies' magazines seems impenetrable. In this case, instead of the expected description of the plate, we get a lecture about how much better this bed is than the old, overdone style. Would anybody like to try turning the last sentence into the kind of English the modern reader wouldn't have to read more than once?
There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show.
We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.