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What I could have been

...had I been born in France in a past century.  From The Prospect Before Her:  A History of Women in Western Europe 1500-1800, which I'm currently reading:

French policemen, for example, were notoriously underpaid, so their wives topped up their income by running taverns. Ironically, the tavern, if perhaps not the one run by a policeman's wife, was usually the place where thieves disposed of the loot and the products of poaching. The  police were supposed to see that licensing laws were respected, and they could protect their wives' businesses by harsher regulation of any competitors.

I'm having a tough time imagining J putting the squeeze on my competition, but times were hard, so who knows. :P

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frigg
May. 25th, 2012 11:47 am (UTC)
lol...still not too late to open a tavern.

Of course, according to some Indian guru, I was born in France in the past century, only I was someone's mistress and had two sons. It was love apparently, but he couldn't leave his wife. Imagine that. Moi? A mistress???? I should have been a tavern keeper instead it seems. :p
asakiyume
May. 25th, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
I think you should be a queen-of-thieves-style tavern owner ... though I guess that would make J a rather corrupt policeman....
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