I read these from True Pleasures by Lucinda Holdforth:
"The old bloke gets bullied by his wife into taking up appointments and running inquiries and going on boards. The women get the whip out."
What does "go on boards" mean in this context?
"I have sometimes thought that a woman's nature is like a great house full of rooms:there is ... the sitting room, where members of the family come and go as they list;..."
What does "list" mean in this context?
" 'Darling,' she said to me, with her ruined smile, 'I have seen so many of you Australian women. You are all the same."
What does "ruined" mean in this context?
"...she repeated smugly, spreading her moist ringed hands,..."
What does "moist ringed" mean?