The washing of dishes does seem to me the most absurd and unsatisfactory business that I ever undertook. If, when once washed, they would remain clean forever and ever (which they ought in all reason to do, considering how much trouble it is), there would be less occasion to grumble; but no sooner it is done, than it requires to be done again. On the whole, I have come to the resolution not to use more than one dish at each meal.
Nathaniel Hawthorne - 1844
[written while Mrs. Hawthorne was away!]