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Author Topic: 10 bizarre Victorian love stories  (Read 1218 times)
RodDuncan
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« on: February 14, 2014, 11:31:50 am »

I found this Valentines day offering on the BBC website and thought it might be appreciated by others.

10 bizarre Victorian love stories: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26136764

Smiley


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Flightless Phoenix
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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2014, 05:08:21 pm »

These are great! Thanks for posting the link =]
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2014, 07:45:16 pm »

A good read. Some interesting, some pretty funny Cheesy
The last one is rather suspicious to say the least, hehe.
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Fairley B. Strange
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Relax, I've done much dumber things and survived..


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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2014, 10:07:43 am »

No.6 sounds like a good deal - 4d and he gets stuck next door with the kids.

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Daguerreotype
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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2014, 10:36:48 am »

I particularly enjoyed no.3, the "tarantula duel"  Grin
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Camellia Wingnut
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Take my camel, dear. . . .


« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2014, 03:41:59 am »

N.B.
Let us try to salvage the auctioned wife's pride. Fourpence was worth more then than it is today, perhaps as much as a pound. Also, it was a silver groat - much less common than pennies.
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Take my camel, dear, said my aunt Camellia, climbing down from that animal on her return from high mass. The camel, a white Arabian Dhalur (single hump) from the famous herd of the Ruola tribe, had been a parting present, its saddle-bags stuffed with low-carat [sic] gold and flashy orient gems, from a rich desert tycoon. . . .
Fairley B. Strange
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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2014, 08:23:16 am »

Having his neighbour bid and win would be (and should be) insulting and belittling for the oaf who put her on the saleblock.
From next door, the buyer would be aware of her good qualities, he's not some stranger buying her sight unseen, and if he wins the auction at a cheap price, the seller can't even celebrare his massive profit.
His neighbour gets to break the 10th commandment while the cuckold has no redress.
There are a lot of different outcomes in this story.
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Camellia Wingnut
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Take my camel, dear. . . .


« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2014, 09:06:48 am »

Historical Footnote:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wife_selling_(English_custom)
I thought I remembered Henchard in The Mayor of Casterbridge selling his wife. But there is also a question of mutual agreement?


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