String 'em up, that's what I say...
Posted by Helen on March 11, 1998 at 13:55:43:
In response to Worse, written by Ken on March 11, 1998 at 10:08:23
... only joking... I think that relating criminal statistics of different periods is as difficult as relating the value of money... and we all know how problematic that is! ;-)
] In my long-ago 18th century lit. class, one of the tidbits I retained was that honest people generally didn't go out after dark the crime rate was so high. Presumably, honest people that couldn't afford a band of servants, is my guess at this.
I think that this casts an interesting sidelight on the fact that young ladies weren't allowed out at night by themselves - one of those things that we see as an unbearable social restraint, but which actually had a lot of good reasons behind it... Although of course young women of the lower orders were supposed to take care of themselves ;-)
- Sounds like it's time to read the' episode of the sedan chair' Caroline 15:51:49 3/11/98 (0)
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