"Upon the whole we are heartily glad this weapon-shawing is over, and hope the hot blood, which this animating contest has excited, will cool by degrees, and beat in its usual temperature. We have our own opinions on the matter in dispute strongly and impregnably entrenched in our minds, but that will never prevent us from recommending to the partizans of both parties — we mean those who are really sincere in their wish to serve the country — two old-fashioned virtues, good-humour and moderation."
Sir Walter Scott, newspaper editorial 17 January 1821.
In the lead up to the Scottish Independence referendum, read more about Sir Walter Scott and other Scottish authors writing about Britain and the Union in The Review of English Studies.(via oupacademic)
Somehow I think this should be part of the pilot. A Scottish storyline for independence needs to happen but from a Victorian perspective.
A woman who hates you is playing the pianoforte.
You have five hundred a year. From who? Five hundred what? No one knows. No one cares. You have it. It’s yours. Every year. All five hundred of it.
A charming man attempts to flirt with you. This is terrible.
You are in a garden, and you are astonished."
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"[…] The Hour is a period television series predicated on the idea that the people who lived and breathed during the past were in fact people — that although the patriarchy had a profound effect on women it did not have the effect of entirely depersonalising them, of divesting them of their aspirations and their dreams, of divesting them of an internal life. The patriarchy did not and does not create women who care only about wallpaper and make-up; the patriarchy created (and creates) women whose only sphere of influence was over the appearance of their homes and their bodies, whose only modes of self-expression were the superficial, the ‘meaningless’.
In the fourth episode of the series Marnie argued with Hector about wallpaper not because she considers wallpaper so important in and of itself but for the same reason that armies will fight for years over a strip of land: because one concession leads to another — and she had already been forced to concede so much that wallpaper was all she had left to fight for."
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