History Main / LieBackAndThinkOfEngland

29th Sep '17 2:07:51 PM NoxArtemis
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* In ''Series/IntoTheBadlands'', Lydia tries to council Veil with her inevitable ForcedMarriage to Quinn, telling her that she has to go through with it for her and her infant son's sake. [[spoiler: Luckily, the marriage is not consummated.]]
20th Sep '17 2:12:12 PM FaceofEvil
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20th Sep '17 2:11:50 PM FaceofEvil
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* In ''VideoGame/DivinityDragonCommander'', you may marry the cold and practical [[IceQueen Princess Camilla]], who also serves as the Supreme Justice of [[LizardMen her people]]. If you encourage her to be a HangingJudge in her rulings, she will harden into a more LawfulNeutral character. Eventually, she will tell you that if the issue of heirs should arise, she will simply close her eyes "and think of Justice."
11th Sep '17 10:09:02 PM DrOO7
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* In the MiniSeries ''Children Of The Dust'', a woman is advised by her overbearing mother-in-law that she must "relax and think lovely thoughts'', because it's her duty to give her husband a son.
5th Sep '17 10:02:39 AM PumpkinMuffin
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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 eleven years earlier and who was ''very'' HappilyMarried.

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The phrase seems to have 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, However, the journal itself has never been found, so it's entirely uncertain how reliable this attribution is. It's possible the phrase was invented as a joke on the assumption that this was a heartfelt expression of her feelings. Victorian and Edwardian ladies were prudish in the extreme. Keep in mind, though, that in this time period it wasn't unheard of for a woman of Lady Hillingdon's a high class to have to choose between marrying a syphilis-infected rake thirty strange man many years her senior who didn't bathe regularly and had no interest in pleasing her, and enduring daily violent beatings from suffering serious societal repercussions including being possibly left penniless when her parents until she acquiesced (something they don't tell you about in history class).died. In other words, lying back and thinking of England may have been the best of bad options. Additionally, Lady Hillingdon (if she was indeed the author) 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 eleven years earlier and who was ''very'' HappilyMarried.
14th Jul '17 8:33:28 AM Minni128
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*In the poem ''Bored Courtesan'' this is a subversion, as the titular courtesan isn't thinking of anything besides doing the deed (she's interested and is wanting to do it) and neither is she fulfilling her "duties" while she thinks.
10th Jul '17 9:37:25 AM angie710
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For women, sex is a chore, a duty that must be endured. [[CriticalResearchFailure God knows they don't enjoy the sex act.]] Feigning headaches, stomachaches and menses can only postpone the dreaded inevitable. Then it's time to grit your teeth, hike your skirt, Lie Back and Think of England.

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[[AllWomenArePrudes For women, women]], sex is a chore, a duty that must be endured. [[CriticalResearchFailure God knows they don't enjoy the sex act.]] Feigning headaches, stomachaches and menses can only postpone the dreaded inevitable. Then it's time to grit your teeth, hike your skirt, Lie Back and Think of England.
25th Jun '17 1:32:35 PM nombretomado
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* Invoked in ''Literature/TheGuardians'' by Alice when she's trying to convince Jake that she's not attracted to him.

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* Invoked in ''Literature/TheGuardians'' ''Literature/{{The Guardians|MeljeanBrook}}'' by Alice when she's trying to convince Jake that she's not attracted to him.
23rd May '17 2:25:00 AM Aquila89
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* In ''TheHandmaidsTale'', the protagonist is assigned to a high-ranking official and has to have ritualized, emotionless sex with him in order to conceive. She thinks of the phrase "close your eyes and think of England" during one such encounter and mistakenly attributes it to Queen Victoria.
23rd May '17 2:17:38 AM Aquila89
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* In ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'', the unnamed narrator character mentally advises the newly wedded girls to "lie back and think of England," in reference to Gilead's puritanical views of sex.
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