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Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting

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In "Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting" by Jane Collier, readers are given a witty and satirical guide on how to manipulate and torment others for amusement. Collier presents a series of scenarios and strategies for psychologically dominating and frustrating others, all in the name of entertainment.

The book is written in a humorous and engaging style, with Collier's sharp wit and clever observations shining through on every page. She delves into the psychology of manipulation and torment, exploring the ways in which individuals can use their intelligence and cunning to control and manipulate those around them.

What sets this book apart is Collier's ability to expose the absurdity and cruelty of these behaviors, while also highlighting the entertainment value they can provide. Through her writing, she challenges readers to question their own motives and actions, and consider the impact they may have on others.

Overall, "Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting" is a thought-provoking and entertaining read that offers a unique perspective on human behavior and the art of manipulation. Collier's insights are as relevant today as they were when the book was first published, making it a timeless and engaging work that will leave readers questioning their own actions and motivations.

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An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting was a conduct book written by Jane Collier and published in 1753. The Essay was Collier's first work, and operates as a satirical advice book on how to nag. It was modelled after Jonathan Swift's satirical essays, and is intended to "teach" a reader the various methods for "teasing and mortifying" one's acquaintances. It is divided into two sections that are organised for "advice" to specific groups, and it is followed by "General Rules" for all people to follow.


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