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Kristina Lukosevice
Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 8:19:45 AM

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Dear All, could you please help to understand the word "entertain" in this context?

I am not sure if it is meant that wife's duties are to entertain husband, or (as I find another meaning) to organize some receptions, o maybe entertain guests of her husband? Thanks a lot!

"They’d lived there happily for nearly nine years, raising two bright,

attractive children, hosting dinner parties, cocktail parties, garden

parties. Eliza’s job, as wife of the chief of surgery of Mercy Hospital

in nearby Asheville, was to look beautiful and stylish, to raise the

children well, keep the house, entertain, and head committees."
(N. Roberts Under Currents)
NancyUK
Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 11:33:13 AM
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Hi Kristina

In this case, entertain means to do the things mentioned earlier in the paragraph: to host dinner parties, cocktail parties, or garden parties.

She was the wife of a prominent man.

His job was Chief of Surgery at the hospital.
Her job was to:

Maintain her looks and dress well (be a trophy wife, perhaps?)
Look after their children's health, wellbeing and education (idealised 2.4-child family?)
Keep the house - keep it cleaned, well-decorated etc and make sure meals are provided
Entertain - have parties, perhaps for his friends, staff or people he wants to impress
Run committees - doing good works, perhaps charitable work for example

All of these things sound quite old-fashioned to me - a 1950s era idea of the roles of men and women. I'm aware some families still operate in this way, which is fine as long as everyone is happy with their assigned roles!

I think the other meaning you are referring to would not fit in here!
Kristina Lukosevice
Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 11:43:36 AM

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NancyUK, thank you very very much! Angel
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