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Happy birthday Charles

Today, the 7th of February, is the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens. The thing that Mr Dickens left the spanking world was the wonderful word that sums up the atmosphere of the attitude of the Victorian era and that word is Dickensian. When I hear this word it just sends my imagination spiraling. Here are just a few examples of what surges into my imagination.

Dickensian attire

All those wonderful uniforms and overly restricting dress styles of the period.

Dickensian Mistress

Governess, Lady of the house or other feminine authority figure, who’s wrath and harsh punishments where to be feared.

Dickensian devices

Of restraint, punishment, confinement. The people of the Dickensian era had such a broad and inventive bent when it came to thinking up such things.

Dickensian punishment

Brutal, hard and nearly always of a corporal nature.

In conclusion

Things Dickensian are wonderful to fantasize about and can make excellent play scenes but I think that we should be glad that we did not have to live through the harsh reality of that period of history.

Happy birthday Mr Dickens

And thank you for a wonderful word