Punch,  59 (1870), 239.

Our Calculating Girls



Essay, Drollery


Mathematics, Skill, Gender

    Noting the 'cleverness of certain calculating boys', discusses the mathematical skill of 'many girls', appealing to the example of a 'young lady who, within five minutes of her entering a ball-room, can calculate the cost of every toilette present, down to the minutest article comprised in it'. Goes on to describe other aspects of her astonishing abilities to calculate such quantities as 'how many yards of muslin, silk or satin are contained in every dress', and 'how many times Miss Skimple must have worn that coral wreath'.

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