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075 fastidiousness
 

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075 fastidiousness

Fastidiousness is the act of paying very close attention to detail. Fastidious people are very attentive to surroundings, and display careful concerns for cleanliness. Fastidious people are not only difficult to please, but also demand a certain level of care from others as well.

For women in the early 20th century fastidiousness was a standard in itself. No self respecting woman wanted to appear lackadaisical in the home. Prior to the woman’s movement a woman’s job in the household was to maintain a clean household, and what better way to maintain a clean house than to be fastidious in the way it is kept. Advertisers used the idea of “pleasing even the most fastidious women” as a way to draw in more costumers.

In Ragtime, Father thought of Mother's fastidiousness when living with the Esquimo women. It kept him sane writing in his journal, and knowing that Mother was home keeping a close eye on things back home. The Esquimo women, especially during cohabitation, were so different from the fastidious Mother, that it was difficult for Father to grasp that they were of the same gender.

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