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By Charles Dickens

ISBN-10: 0698170911

ISBN-13: 9780698170919

One of 5 liked Christmas classics
 
First released on December 19, 1843, A Christmas Carol used to be an immediate vintage: Londoners thronged to listen to Dickens learn it in individual and purchased out the 1st printing in days. Its reception was once so ecstatic that it truly is credited with supporting to restore curiosity one of the Victorians in Christmas traditions, together with caroling and vacation playing cards, in addition to inciting an unforeseen wave of charitable giving from Britain’s commercial Age robber barons. Originally conceived as a pamphlet opposed to exploitative capitalism earlier than taking its present shape, it has encouraged dozens of theatrical and film adaptions, and its characters, from Scrooge to Tiny Tim, are without end inscribed in our hearts and minds.

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P. 106. 23 Rose, Parallel Lives, p. 56. 18 Victorian honeymoons Victorian wedding nights is metonymic, deriving its meaning from juxtaposition or contiguity. Rose’s speculation about representativeness takes us to the final question about which I want to speculate here. Both honeymoons, in their different ways, raise the issue of the representativeness of the honeymooning couples. Ruskin’s fame (less great at the time of his honeymoon than it was to become later, but very much at issue at the time of the annulment) as well as what we might think of as his proclivities, more dominant in later life, for prepubescent girls make his case, and thus that of Effie, a less than ordinary one.

Ultimately I would like to argue that what is at stake is a specific form of what we have since 1892 but not before called heterosexuality. Reading honeymoons 21 All of these terms, including ‘‘conjugality,’’ have in common a sense of the primacy of the couple – and eventually the children of that couple – over the birth family or the community more generally. For me it is most useful to see conjugality not so much as a matter of feeling as of identification; conjugal marriage required women and men to identify with their spouse and to carry out that identification in terms of the choices they made in their daily lives.

Institutions like Cook’s Tours and the general opening up of travel to the less affluent clearly had their effect on the ubiquity of the honeymoon. As we shall see, honeymoons varied in length and destination partly in terms of class, but by the end of the century, there was a range of possible honeymoon destinations from weekend trips to the country by rail to extended continental tours that had not lost their link to the eighteenth-century aristocratic grand tour. Working-class honeymoons might have both reflected and contributed to the spread of the culture of conjugality down from the middle classes throughout the last quarter of the century.

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