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Life in a wealthy Victorian family - Emily's life

Emily's life as part of a wealthy Victorian familiy

These episodes explore what it was like to be a girl living in a well-off Victorian family.

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.

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 that she is fortunate to have a comfortable life... but she also feels very restricted in the things she is allowed to do.

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