Nowadays there is no conversation at all. Teachers distrust talk as much as business men.
(Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications and media theorist. Letters of Marshall McLuhan, letter, June 22, 1951, to Ezra Pound, eds. Matie Molinaro, Corinne McLuhan, and William Toye (1987).)
...it is decidedly an advantage to American homes that so many of the wives and mothers have served as teachers before becoming house-directors. ...
(Anna C. Brackett (1836-1911), U.S. author. The Technique of Rest, ch. 2 (1892).
"House-director" was Brackett's term, probably influenced by the "domestic science" movement, for designating a "housewife" or "homemaker.")