the angel in the house
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angel in the house
A housewife who is pure, subservient, and devoted to her husband and family. A reference to a narrative poem called The Angel in the House by Coventry Patmore. The phrase is now typically used to question or decry this concept as a model of femininity. Though we've made great strides in the past half-decade toward full equality for women, there is still this lingering notion that a married woman, especially a mother, should be the angel in the house.
the angel in the housea woman who is completely devoted to her husband and family.
This was the title of a collection of poems on married love by Coventry Patmore ( 1823–96 ), and it is now mainly used ironically.