Authorial Research for Heartless with Gail Carriger (Behind the Magic)

A random moment, Gentle Reader, things I’ve had to look up recently for Heartless . . .
  • History of mothballs (surprisingly hard to find)
  • Etymology of the term booby trap (1840 apparently)
  • Badminton, was it around in the 1850s?
  • 1950’s Party Dresses
  • Names for the different parts of a Quadrille
  • The language of parasols
  • Stage dresses of the Victorian Era
  • Algonquin Round Table

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Quote of the Day:
“When eating or drinking, avoid every kind of audible testimony to the facts.”
~ Etiquette for Gentlemen, 1850
This came up in a recent conversation concerning chapter 3 of the manga.

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  1. Anne D said:

    I saw "Heartless Reviews" and thought, who's being mean to Gail? I'm glad it was about the book, not a description of reviewers' attitudes.

  2. lalalatentacles said:

    I'm not entirely sure there was a language of parasols. I know, how horrible! But it was only recently I learnt that the 'Language of Fans' was pretty much made up by fan-makers to sell more fans! And here I'd thought to put it in as an historical detail! Horrors! So, I suppose what I'm cautioning is to definitely check your sources as to the language of parasols, to make sure it wasn't created out of similar motivations.

    Also, I'd like to add that I adore how well your novels bring out my vocabulary and eloquence. It's truly wonderful.

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