Punch LII (August 1867): 56

he Last of the Long Skirts" also pokes fun at the Victorian lady's addiction to fashion. Here, Mr. Brown is befuddled by the length of his Hostess' gown, which has extended all the way downstairs. The rational gentlemen cannot conceive of a garment so impractical (it is certainly hampering her movement), but the lady clearly has no qualms about following the dictates of style to a ridiculous end. Like the young women of "Genuine Sentiment," however, she is portrayed as a frivolous but charming thing. Her silly predicament is not unexpected, apparently, and does not damage her attractiveness. The duality speaks to the complexities of social perceptions of Victorian gentlewomen.

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[Victorian initial "T" by Harlan Wallach ©copyright 1994.]