History Main / LieBackAndThinkOfEngland

21st Sep '16 5:25:50 AM Reddon
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The phrase originated in one Lady Hillingdon's journal, where she wrote in 1912 that "When I hear his steps outside my door I lie down on my bed, open my legs and think of England." Whether she was entirely serious is unclear, but since her husband had retired because of his bad health, it's entirely possible that this was a heartfelt expression of her feelings. Keep in mind, though, that in this time period it wasn't unheard of for a woman of Lady Hillingdon's class to have to choose between marrying a syphilis-infected rake thirty years her senior who didn't bathe regularly and had no interest in pleasing her, and enduring daily violent beatings from her parents until she acquiesced (something they don't tell you about in history class). In other words, lying back and thinking of England may have been the best of bad options. Additionally, Lady Hillingdon was in her fifties when she wrote this, and so may have had problems --many now treatable--which rendered sex no longer enjoyable for her. Finally, contrary to CommonKnowledge, it's got nothing to do with Queen Victoria, who had died 10 years earlier and who was ''very'' HappilyMarried.

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The phrase originated in one Lady Hillingdon's journal, where she wrote in 1912 that "When I hear his steps outside my door I lie down on my bed, open my legs and think of England." Whether she was entirely serious is unclear, but since her husband had retired because of his bad health, it's entirely possible that this was a heartfelt expression of her feelings. Keep in mind, though, that in this time period it wasn't unheard of for a woman of Lady Hillingdon's class to have to choose between marrying a syphilis-infected rake thirty years her senior who didn't bathe regularly and had no interest in pleasing her, and enduring daily violent beatings from her parents until she acquiesced (something they don't tell you about in history class). In other words, lying back and thinking of England may have been the best of bad options. Additionally, Lady Hillingdon was in her fifties when she wrote this, and so may have had problems --many now treatable--which rendered sex no longer enjoyable for her. Finally, contrary to CommonKnowledge, it's got nothing to do with Queen Victoria, who had died 10 eleven years earlier and who was ''very'' HappilyMarried.
12th Sep '16 3:46:32 AM DrFraud
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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11568661/2/Frozen-Hearts-Melting Frozen Hearts Melting]]'':
-->'''Narcissa:''' And eventually like I said, Lucius only came to my bed quarterly and we have settled into a routine where I am ready and he uses a lubrication and engorgio charm and it's over in about ten minutes. I just stare at the photo of the three of us on my nightstand. It gets me through it.
24th Aug '16 9:53:39 AM Gitman
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Daenerys has to go through this during the early days of her marriage. Drogo would simply flip her over and go to town on a whim, with no real thought to her enjoyment. After Dany learns some secrets of lovemaking, however, her marriage improves greatly both in and out of the bedroom.

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Daenerys has to go through this during the early days of her marriage. Drogo would simply flip her over and go to town on a whim, with no real thought to her enjoyment. After Dany learns some secrets of lovemaking, however, her marriage improves greatly both in and out of the bedroom.bedroom.
** The High Sparrow seems to see this as the normal state of affairs for women. Sex is only for producing heirs, and pleasure is irrelevant.
--->'''Margaery:''' I no longer have such desires.
--->'''High Sparrow:''' Congress does not require desire on the woman's part. Only patience.
25th May '16 5:21:00 AM mitsumii
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The phrase originated in one Lady Hillingdon's journal, where she wrote in 1912 that "When I hear his steps outside my door I lie down on my bed, open my legs and think of England." Whether she was entirely serious is unclear, but since her husband had retired because of his bad health, it's entirely possible that this was a heartfelt expression of her feelings. Keep in mind, though, that in this time period it wasn't unheard of for a woman of Lady Hillingdon's class to have to choose between marrying a syphilis-infected rake thirty years her senior who didn't bathe regularly and had no interest in pleasing her, and enduring daily violent beatings from her parents until she acquiesced (something they don't tell you about in history class). In other words, lying back and thinking of England may have been the best of bad options. Additionally, Lady Hillingdon was in her fifties when she wrote this, and so may have had problems related to the menopause--many now treatable--which rendered sex no longer enjoyable for her. Finally, contrary to CommonKnowledge, it's got nothing to do with Queen Victoria, who had died 10 years earlier and who was ''very'' HappilyMarried.

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The phrase originated in one Lady Hillingdon's journal, where she wrote in 1912 that "When I hear his steps outside my door I lie down on my bed, open my legs and think of England." Whether she was entirely serious is unclear, but since her husband had retired because of his bad health, it's entirely possible that this was a heartfelt expression of her feelings. Keep in mind, though, that in this time period it wasn't unheard of for a woman of Lady Hillingdon's class to have to choose between marrying a syphilis-infected rake thirty years her senior who didn't bathe regularly and had no interest in pleasing her, and enduring daily violent beatings from her parents until she acquiesced (something they don't tell you about in history class). In other words, lying back and thinking of England may have been the best of bad options. Additionally, Lady Hillingdon was in her fifties when she wrote this, and so may have had problems related to the menopause--many --many now treatable--which rendered sex no longer enjoyable for her. Finally, contrary to CommonKnowledge, it's got nothing to do with Queen Victoria, who had died 10 years earlier and who was ''very'' HappilyMarried.
12th Jan '16 2:14:46 PM StFan
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* The line is used in ''FanFic/AScotsmanInEgypt'' by DepravedHomosexual Puccio to a handsome and rather uninformed English diplomat, who wasn't aware he was an extra incentive in allying Milan and England against the Scots.

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* The line is used in ''FanFic/AScotsmanInEgypt'' ''LetsPlay/AScotsmanInEgypt'' by DepravedHomosexual Puccio to a handsome and rather uninformed English diplomat, who wasn't aware he was an extra incentive in allying Milan and England against the Scots.



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14th Dec '15 5:47:33 AM NeonFox
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* People who live in the crushing theocracy of Holyland in ''Literature/TheGateToWomensCountry'' refer to sex as a man "doing his duty". No one's supposed to enjoy any of it, of course.
1st Nov '15 10:28:39 AM nombretomado
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** It's somewhat played straight in [[http://solequeene.livejournal.com/10987.html this fic]], which has ''QueenVictoria'' herself literally doing this.

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** It's somewhat played straight in [[http://solequeene.livejournal.com/10987.html this fic]], which has ''QueenVictoria'' ''UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria'' herself literally doing this.
20th Oct '15 9:08:16 AM FF32
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-->''Queen of England'': That's right, love. For centuries, the Farnsworth gentleman has provided service to the Queen. Now, close your eyes and think of England.

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-->''Queen -->'''Queen of England'': England''': That's right, love. For centuries, the Farnsworth gentleman has provided service to the Queen. Now, close your eyes and think of England.
29th Jul '15 1:18:36 PM Anddrix
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* Jace tells Clary to do this before they kiss in front the fairy court in ''[[Literature/TheMortalInstruments City of Ashes]]''. More like "Close your eyes and think of England."

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* Jace tells Clary to do this before they kiss in front the fairy court in ''[[Literature/TheMortalInstruments City of Ashes]]''.''Literature/CityOfAshes''. More like "Close your eyes and think of England."
24th Jul '15 4:19:25 PM nombretomado
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* In one scene in ''Hunting Ground'', from the MercyThompson universe, Anna is taking the lead during sex and being particularly active and assertive. Her husband teases her by saying, "Well, I'll just lie back and think of England, then." Her response is that if he's thinking of England, she's not doing it right, and steps up the action.

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* In one scene in ''Hunting Ground'', from the MercyThompson Literature/MercyThompson universe, Anna is taking the lead during sex and being particularly active and assertive. Her husband teases her by saying, "Well, I'll just lie back and think of England, then." Her response is that if he's thinking of England, she's not doing it right, and steps up the action.
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