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Old 01 September 2008, 11:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Andrew of Ware View Post
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.
Well, the class of "lady" who was supposed to be so careful about being manhandled and who had to be treated with so much respect wouldn't have been the same class as was travelling by tube, I suppose. Even so, the idea that there were people who'd just go up and push you on to the train without so much as a by-your-leave does seem somehow rather un-English... I guess in practice most of these assistants wouldn't actually have behaved like that!
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