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Wealthy Victorians: Emily's Life (audio)

Wealthy Victorians: Emily's Life (audio)
Key Info
  • Wealthy Victorians: Emily's Life (audio)
  • Duration: 4:58
  • A mini-drama about the life of a girl from a wealthy family during the Victorian era. As we meet Emily she has just finished her 'sampler' – an elaborate piece of needlework. Her brother Bertie has just returned to boarding school and so Emily is now alone in the house, spending her time in the school room with her governess, Miss Stevens. In the evening Emily is allowed downstairs to show her parents her sampler and to say good-night. It's a rather stern and formal occasion. Upstairs again, Emily says her prayers before bed. She appreciates she is fortunate to have a comfortable life, but she also feels very restricted in the things she is allowed to do.
  • Subject:



    Victorians: Victorian Life

  • Keywords: Governess, Victorian nursery, pinafore, sampler, drawing room, gas light, school radio, schoolradio
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  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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