Sunday, December 10, 2006

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Victorian values, says key Tory

Benjamin Disraeli's novel Sybil, published in 1845

Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are ignorant of each other's habits, thoughts and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones or inhabitants of different planets; who are formed by different breeding, are fed by different food, are ordered by different manners, and are not governed by the same laws ...

In Sybil, Disraeli touches on many aspects of town life, from the dosing of babies with laudanum to keep them drugged and quiet at home while their mothers worked, to the plight of the handloom weavers and the ever-present threat of social unrest.

However, like others before and since, he is at a loss to suggest a realistic cure for lifes ills, proposing that the answer might somehow lie in a return to traditional values.


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