So, today, the word count is coming in pretty smoothly. I think I may have found a way to preserve my modern MC-is-getting-a-fortune storyline and in 1894, Victoria is about to leave home and become an actress.
In reading news, I just started Drums of Autumn, book 4 in the Outlander series.
I think my characters are beginning to click for me. Cast in point, today's Cool (Or Just Plain Weird or Creepy) Thing About the Victorian Era.
|A fireman posed as if still alive|
In 1894, Victoria is recounting some family history (which, of course, is also part of Nicole's family history). Her grandfather was the Earl of Malden and when he died and her uncle became the next Earl, a photographer came before the funeral to photograph the dead Earl.
I read about this somewhere not long ago and since it was regurgitated into my story, here are some...interesting photos.
From what I've read about this, it started because of the high infant mortality rate. If the family could afford a photographer, they wanted to preserve their dead child's image in a much faster way than having a painting--which may or may not resemble the deceased.
And then it just got creepier from there. In some of the photos, the dead are standing because they have an apparatus propping them up. In others, the dead look asleep or are made to look lifelike.
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