Stagecoaches and Softness

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A Guide To Your 1816 Stagecoach Journey

James Hobson | Georgian And Victorian Britain | 9th November 2021 | U

What to expect when travelling by public coach in early 19C Britain. A one way trip from London to Manchester could cost two guineas, four weeks' wages for a whole family of weavers. It's best to get a corner seat inside or risk being jostled for days by an unsavoury sailor. People of quality do not travel on top. All class distinctions are upended: the driver has absolute authority until you arrive (1,181 words)

The Gradual Extinction Of Softness

Chantha Nguon and Kim Green | Hippocampus | 8th November 2021 | U

Reflections on the complicated relationship between feminine softness and the strength required to overcome life's hardships, by a refugee who fled Cambodia as a girl to escape the Khmer Rouge. "The shoe-fuel lasted for a month. Every night, I lit a few shoes and cooked a small pot of rice over the fire. I felt nothing, not even hunger." Upon her return, a new mode of being is called for (3,958 words)

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