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A Guide to Victorian Literature | Queen Victoria’s Reign

Ruth Owen | Friday October 19, 2012

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Source: Work, Ford Madox Brown

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1. Queen Victoria’s Reign
2. Prose
3. Poetry
4. Drama
5. Non-Fiction
6. Examination
7. Assessment Objectives, Exemplar & Contextual Linking

Queen Victoria’s Reign 1837-1901

It is impossible, in our condition of society, not to be sometimes a snob.’ William Makepeace Thackeray 1811-1863

Each class of society has its own requirements; but it may be said that every class teaches the one immediately below it; and if the highest class be ignorant, uneducated, loving display, luxurious and idle, the same spirit will prevail in humbler life.’ Girls’ Home Companion 1895

Good breeding consists of concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.’ Mark Twain 1835-1910

There is very strict etiquette in this matter of cards and calls. It is usual on paying a first visit merely to leave cards without inquiring if the mistress of the house is at home. Thus Mrs. A. leaves her own card and two of her husband’s cards upon Mrs. B. Within a week, if possible, certainly within ten days Mrs. B should return the visit and leave cards upon Mrs. A. Should Mrs. A. however have ‘called’ upon Mrs. B. and the latter returned it by merely leaving cards this would be a sign that the latter did not desire the acquaintance to ripen into friendship.’ The Lady, A Magazine for Gentlewomen 1893

The rich man in his castle
The poor man at his gate
God made them high and lowly
And ordered their estate.

Cecil Frances Alexander 1818-1895

Though I have kind invitations enough to visit America, I could not, even for a couple of months, live in a country so miserable as to possess no castles.’ John Ruskin 1819-1900

They are so filthy and bestial that no honest man would admit one into his house for a water-closet doormat.’ Charles Dickens 1812-1870, on newspapers.

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