In "`Players in your huswifery
, and huswives in your beds': Conflicting Identities of Early Modern English Women," Mary Thomas Crane also performs a philological tour de force.
Jonson's poem ends with the highest compliments for Lady Barbara Sidney, born Gamage, whose Penshurst huswifery
was apparently of a truly impeccable standard.
62) Lady Sandwich came to expect his company, "(she lying prettily in bed)," and to talk with him privately "of innocent discourse of huswifery
and husbands for her daughters, and the luxury and looseness of the times and other such things .