What a strange man Thomas Day was, as I am sure you have already read in other reviews. Having worked in a male-dominated field and having been on a variety of dates, Day's views are not so infuriating as to toss the book aside, unlike my Mom who could not get passed chapter 2.
The only thing that bugged me was the chapter 10 title "Virginia, Belinda and Mary" as you only briefly hear about a Mary in the first couple of pages whilst the fictional characters Virginia and Belinda are in the last 5 pages of the chapter (nearly 20 pages in)! ...Oh, and that there wasn't a bit more information about Day's second foundling after her marriage, even if to say that subsequent research into the historical records or genealogy yielded no results.
Fictional books listed as being influenced by Day's educational experiment:
Maria Edgeworth's [b:Belinda|773534|Belinda|Maria Edgeworth|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1178226280s/773534.jpg|2968487]
Anthony Trollope's [b:Orley Farm|242589|Orley Farm|Anthony Trollope|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1173057206s/242589.jpg|408013]
Henry James' [b:Watch and Ward|277547|Watch and Ward|Henry James|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1173366900s/277547.jpg|269173]
(Three more books I hope to get to within the next 10 years!)