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    realistic Victorians

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    She had come home in a state for which no twentieth century
    physician had a term, though the realistic Victorians called it a decline.

    Does "Victorians" mean here all the poeple who lived at the time, not only authors for example?

    Does "realistic" mean something like "practical"?

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    She had come home in a state for which no twentieth century physician had a term, though the realistic Victorians called it a decline.
    Does "Victorians" mean here all the poeple who lived at the time, not only authors for example? Yes, as it usually does.


    Does "realistic" mean something like "practical"? Yes - practical, down-to-earth, unsentimental.
    Though the Victorians were revoltingly sentimental about some things.

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    Re: realistic Victorians

    By the way, do you think that "decline" means the same as "depression"?

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    Re: realistic Victorians

    I think that "realistic" might mean "of literary realism" rather than "practical". I'm not sure about it.

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    By the way, do you think that "decline" means the same as "depression"?
    Possibly. I interpreted it as some form of loss of will to live, perhaps as a result of mental and/or physical illness. Today, treatment would be attempted; then, they accepted that some things can't be treated. Some people took to their beds and waited for the inevitable.

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    Re: realistic Victorians

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Possibly. I interpreted it as some form of loss of will to live, perhaps as a result of mental and/or physical illness. Today, treatment would be attempted; then, they accepted that some things can't be treated. Some people took to their beds and waited for the inevitable.
    Followed by a last train journey from London Necropolis Station. I wonder what we'd call it today.

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