A Midwife’s Tale
Important Quotations Explained
1. The mixing of governours in a household, or subordinating or
uniting of two masters, or two dames under one roof, doth fall out most
times, to be a matter of much unquietness to all parties.
2. In such circumstances it was comforting to have the women with
her; they could witness her efforts to ensure a safe delivery and they could
assist with the sorrowful task of preparing an infant for
3. In her universe, ‘Girls washt’ was an important statement,
something on the order of ‘got across the river safely.’
4. There is little more to add, except that for almost four years
after Isaac Foster’s dismissal Martha neglected ‘Public
5. Daughter Ballard and a Number of her Children here. Mrs Partridge
& Smith allso. Revered Mr Tappin Came and Converst swetly and mad a
prayer adapted to my Case.
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