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Old 01 September 2008, 08:32 PM
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Originally Posted by llewtrah View Post
Harrassed porters, similarly clad old ladies in voluminous skirts ... all of those lent it plausibility at the time.
Originally Posted by Richard W View Post
So the bit about the shovers-on is factual, then?
It is the harassed porters shoving ladies that makes me think the story is false. In Victorian society men would never shove a lady in public - even if it was supposedly to help her. Physical contact. even between couples who knew each other, was frowned upon, unless it was a man putting his arm through the arm of a lady.

For example:

A lady should never join in any rude plays that will subject her to be kissed or handled in any way by gentlemen. ie: If a hand reaches out to admire a breast pin, draw back and take it off for inspection.
(Bolding mine.)
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