A Victorian Cautionary Tale
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Designs and Patents Act 1988.
This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance between any of the characters depicted
herein and any real person, living or dead is wholly a matter of Nature imitating Art. There
are not, and never were, families called Smith and Robinson as described in this story. The
city portrayed in this novel is not one in England in the middle of the nineteenth century.
Chapter the First
In which businesses prosper, families meet and a marriage is arranged, but no improprieties
It was a large house, set in a small park, but it could never look like a house of the
gentility. It shouted aloud to anyone of sensibility, in this year of our Lord eighteen- fifty,
that this was the home of a tradesman. A very rich tradesman, it must be admitted, but not a
gentleman, be he titled or not.