A few random musings in lieu of a manifesto:    The 19th century wasn't consistently safe, quaint, cozy, staid, or even materially different from our own confused and confounding time.  ¶  Sometimes the best way to understand the present is to observe it through the lens of the past.  ¶  Sometimes the best way to understand the past is to observe it through the eyes of the present. (Paradox. How Wildean of us.) ¶  The "Victorian period" is not the same thing as "the 19th century," even if the Victorians themselves sometimes thought it was.   We bet it's much more festive to write about corsets and cholera than to experience them.    It's not always necessary to take the 19th century seriously. It was capable of taking itself quite seriously enough. ¶  
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