Posted by Patricia Bingham on November 14, 1997 at 02:26:52:
In response to Silly woman, written by Amy on October 16, 1997 at 22:25:19
Linen was something that was generally handed down through the family, a hereditary thing. The family did not have an endless source of money but they had their linen.
If you see the marvelous movie, The Quiet Man with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara (which takes place in Ireland), you'll witness The Irish girl, Maureen O'Hara crying over her furniture and linen that was suppose to be her dowry from her mother. Her brother refused to give it to her because he did not like her choice of husband (and other complicated reasons) John Wayne, her husband, being an American, didn't understand the significance of the linen and furniture, her pewter, her piano, etc.
In the end it was these belongings that stood between her and her husband's bed. She was not going to be a wife without her linen.
I hope this was a little helpful.
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