The Last Straw

The Last Straw George du Maurier. Scanned image and text by George P. Landow [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who scanned the image and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]

Commentary: Like some of du Maurier's other works, such as "Domestic Economy," his satiric commentary on how little writer's wives understand economic facts of life, "The Last Straw" mocks the supposed economic naivté of women, who are supposedly above the sordid financial realities of life. Here du Maurier also implies that women are also unredeemedly, childishly self-centered and depend completely on men.

This very Victorian attitude obviously refers only to women of the upper and upper-middle classes, since throughout the last three-quarters of the nineteenth century many working-class women not only worked but, if married, handled the family finances as well.


du Maurier, George. English Society. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1897.

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