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Curiosity Shop-12th Grade Fall English Elective: Home
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"I've given up my life to a sleazy cheat and serial liar; It is foolish to wish for beauty. Sensible people never either desire it for themselves or care about it in others. If the mind be well cultivated and the heart well disposed, no one ever cares for the exterior." ---Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte (1820-1849)
Anne Brontë - portrait originally painted by her sister Charlotte Brontë, in June 1834
H. Poole, waste paper dealer, is advertised on this leaflet as trading from a small cottage in Portsmouth Street, off the South West corner of Lincoln's Inn Fields. This building dates back to the 16th century, making it the oldest shop in London. It is believed to have been the inspiration for Charles Dickens’ novel ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’, Dickens knew the area well and would have shopped in the Care Market, which was where the shop stood. Today the shop is a listed building, for a while it was used to sell antiques however at the moment it is empty.
Description: Henry Dixon photographed buildings of Victorian London threatened with demolition for the Society... Creator: Dixon, Henry (1820 - 1892); Medium: Photographic print; Date: 1883; Shelfmark: Tab.700.b.3; Item number: 79; Genre: Photograph; Exhibition: Early Photographically Illustrated Books;
Agnes Grey by Anne BrontëWhen her family becomes impoverished after a disastrous financial speculation, Agnes Grey determines to find work as a governess in order to contribute to their meagre income and assert her independence. But Agnes's enthusiasm is swiftly extinguished as she struggles first with the unmanageable Bloomfield children and then with the painful disdain of the haughty Murray family; the only kindness she receives comes from Mr Weston, the sober young curate. Drawing on her own experience, Anne Brontë's first novel offers a compelling personal perspective on the desperate position of unmarried, educated women for whom becoming a governess was the only respectable career open in Victorian society.
Call Number: eBook
Courtship and Marriage in Victorian England by Jennifer PhegleyThis book examines the popular publications of the Victorian period, illuminating the intricacies of courtship and marriage from the differing perspectives of the working, middle, and upper classes. * A chronological examination of Victorian marriage law * Various courtship and marriage cartoons; pictures of activities during the London Season; photographs of Victorian wedding attire; representations of Queen Victoria's engagement and wedding; illustrations of wedding gifts, dresses, and cakes; and an engraving of the London Divorce Court