Maps of Barsetshire

BarsetshireMap-SpencerVanBokkelenNicholsIf you are interested in the geography of the fictional world of Trollope’s Framley Parsonage, visit the Trollope Society’s website to view more maps like the one above.


“I thought I could earn my living by teaching”

So says Lady Isabel to her uncle, Lord Mount Severn, when he finds her living in Grenoble in the November 1860 installment of East Lynne. Her plan, as the narrator explains earlier in the novel, is to “Put the child out to nurse, conceal her name, and go out as governess in a French or German family” (349). Not surprisingly, Lord Mount Severn is not keen to have his niece work for a living; he admonishes her not to “add romantic folly to [her] other mistakes” and inquires, “And how much did you anticipate the teaching would bring you in?” (361). Isabel’s uncertain response is “A hundred a year, perhaps: I am very clever at music and singing. That sum might keep us, I fancy, even if I only went out by day” (361). Her uncle then announces that she “shall have that sum every quarter,” or £400 a year, which is far more than a governess would earn. But is Isabel correct when she speculates that she could £100 a year as a governess?

Below is an article from an 1843 issue of Punch, commenting on an advertisement for a governess published in the Times. According to the article, how much would a governess make a year if she were to accept employment as a morning daily governess for the Islington family? How much would she make if she found “two other employers of equal liberality” to work for as well? According to the article, how does a governess’s salary compare to that of a housemaid? According to your currency handout, how does a governess’s salary compare to other salaries? How does the Punch article compare to this post about teaching that has been circulating on social media?

You needn’t limit yourself to answering these questions in your comments. If you have other relevant comments to make about the article, please feel free to do so.

DUE DATE: Monday, April 3

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Blog Post #3: Reading All the Year Round

23-great-expectations-fullLast week we finished our reading of The Woman in White. Next week we begin our reading of Great Expectations. For your second blog post on The UCM Illustrated News, you are invited to reflect on ending and beginning these novels, both of which were published in weekly installments in All the Year Round, while reading other serialized novels. In addition to creating an original post, please comment on one of your colleagues’ posts.

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“There he lay, unowned,unknown; exposed to the flippant curiosity of the French mob”

L0042495 People visiting the morgue in Paris to view the cadavers.

Wellcome Collection

So remarks Walter Hartright upon seeing Count Fosco’s body in the Paris Morgue in the 25 August installment of The Woman in White. As we discussed briefly in class today, the Paris Morgue was a tourist attraction in the nineteenth century. As part of their Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime exhibition, the Wellcome Collection‘s Taryn Coin created a blog about the Paris Morgue. If you would like to read more about it follow this link.

Spotify Playlist for English 129

4589602254_12e8dc9bc9For your listening pleasure, I have created a Spotify playlist of music that is mentioned or alluded to in our course readings. It includes songs from Balfe’s opera The Bohemian Girl that are featured in both East Lynne and Framley Parsonage, as well as pieces by Rossini and Donizetti that Fosco performs in The Woman in White. The version of Balfe’s “When Other Lips” that I played for you at the beginning of class last week, by OperaBabes, is no longer available on Spotify, so I have added one by Heddle Nash, and English tenor. Joseph Augustine Wade’s “‘Twere Vain to Tell Thee All I Feel” (mentioned in East Lynne) is not available on Spotify either, but I have added another of his songs: “Meet Me by Moonlight Alone.” So far there is about an hour  and a half of music; I will add more throughout the semester.