Manners & Mutiny Available in Trade

Posted by Gail Carriger


For those of you who are collectors of the trade paperbacks (here in the USA) Manners & Mutiny is finally available today!


This is my last official release of a Finishing School book. Yes there will be other translations, but I tend not to know when those come out.

Those of you who have been waiting for this edition to read the last installment, I do hope you like the closing of The Finishing School Series.

ace-artemis-fanartist- Soap and Sophronia (from the Finishing School series) out for a nighttime stroll

ace-artemis-fanartist- Soap and Sophronia (from the Finishing School series) out for a nighttime stroll

Yes this is the official end of Sophronia and Soap’s story. They will not show up as main characters again. (But don’t rule them out of side-ways appearances.)

As a special treat, I thought I would give you a bit of a flashback to an original blog tour I did just prior to the release of Etiquette & Espionage.

Extra Special Stuff!

Here are samples from my original blog tour, in which I play at teaching Finishing School myself.

Deportment & Disguises with The Book Rat

The business of espionage and finishing can sometimes be rather uncouth; what tips should a lady always follow to conduct herself appropriately while on the job?
Good posture is a must, and perfume strong enough to confuse supernatural senses. Lastly, a lady should never forget her sewing scissors, handkerchief, and small vile of poison – best to be prepared.

What must a lady never do, even in the hairiest of situations?
Dance with a gentleman more than two times, show her neck to a vampire without introduction, or faint without purpose.

What rules or guidelines should a lady always follow in donning a disguise?
Consider the hair in all things ­– mustaches, for example, should be treated gently. No one likes to look at the underclass, the ugly, or the uncouth, so when in doubt don all three. Also consider the opposite direction, aristocratic children, for example, can be both unseen and unheard.

A lady should always be ready for anything that comes her way at the drop of a hat (god forbid one were to drop it, that is). What are the most useful items to have on-hand to design a disguise on the fly?
Hair ribbons, sap paste, and smelling salts.


Drawing & Death with Alice Marvels

When drawing a friend with an unfortunately large nose, which is more important, artistic integrity or artistic tact?
Tact. Always go with tact, it’s far more versatile. I would go so far as to say it looks good on everyone.

When drawing a still life fruit bowl, is it unladylike to snack on your subject?
Yes, but if you can get away with it and not have anyone notice, there’s always the fall back of wide eyed innocence. Besides good fruit should be eaten not sketched.

What is the best way to kill someone in a crowded theater or opera house without ruining the performance?
Poison during the break that results in a subject that seems asleep. After all, everyone falls asleep at the theater, it’s practically mandatory and could even be considered a sign of good breeding.

What do you do if you’re at a fancy ball and you need to get rid of a dead body in between dances?
If you’re strong enough, dance with the body, right out into a garden. Make use of a duck pond. Duck ponds are good.

Are there any women in history you believe could have secretly attended Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality?
A very great number I believe, of course I’m not at liberty to reveal such secrets.


Household Management & Hand-to-Hand Combat with Supernatural Snark

What’s the most important quality to look for when hiring someone for a position within the home?
Smooth running on all rails, a good set of basic protocols, well polished exterior, and gears in excellent working order. Oh, did you mean human staff?

Someone has just arrived at the front door completely unannounced and uninvited. What’s the proper response to such a situation?
Send out the butler to make it clear at you are Not At Home to callers.

When facing a larger opponent in hand to hand combat, what’s one thing a person of smaller stature should never do?
Direct attack. Diversion is always a superior approach.

Is there one part of our bodies that most people don’t know makes a great weapon?
The tongue is all too often underestimated.

If you were sent to finishing school, what’s the name of one class at which you would excel?
Tea Parties, Tarts, and Tarting It Up for all occasions.


Dress & Diversion with Forever Young Adult

Which gown styles would best benefit a young lady with an ample bosom?
Mademoiselle Geraldine would say that a lady should always dress to emphasi’ze her assets. A nice tight bodice with a scoop or square neckline, and a complimentary lace tuck never goes amiss. Besides, it never hurts to have an additional…pocket, shall we say?

The best diversionist has to think on her feet.
When in doubt: Faint backwards

In which article of a young lady’s clothing is it best to conceal a dagger?
See question number one, if possible. If not, pagoda sleeves are wide and ample, it’s best to have all ones visiting gowns designed with them for daggers or any additional necessities, like perfume.

To attract the attention of one specific individual in a crowded place from across the room, a young lady’s best weapon is:
A brightly colored fan or a very large hat.

If a lady needs to make a quick departure off of a dirigible, what is her best course of action?

Maid Travel

Music & Modern Weaponries with Mundie Moms

If you could make yourself a clockwork weapon, what would it look like and what would it do?
I would like a holstered version of a crank heater than could boil water in a mug so I could have tea on the go.

We hear that dancing is a required skill for all Finishing School ladies. Which is the most challenging to master?
The waltz is very challenging because of the intimacy entailed, but every young lady struggles with the quadrille, particularly if she has to pass secret notes at the same time.

What is a memorable piece of music that either makes your heart skip a beat, or makes you think of a dashing young man?
Cup of Brown Joy by Professor Elemental, it does both in the best possible way and for the most excellent reason.

In between all the lessons at school, what are the ladies’ most common leisure activity?
For these young ladies, spying on each other, the teachers, and the staff not necessarily in that order.

What’s your favorite weapon to practice with?
The pen, of course. Mightier as it may be…


CheriePie says of Manners & Mutiny: “If you love the steampunk genre, mixed in with some young adult fantasy, and appreciate good writing, then this is a series you should not miss.”

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey.}


  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Outline.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novella? Novel? Who knows.
    Status: Rough draft.
    Something new and different for Gail, contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.


Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey.}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1864 Albert Lynch (Peruvian artist, 1851-1912) A Summer Stroll

1864 Albert Lynch (Peruvian artist, 1851-1912) A Summer Stroll

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Marshalls has a teacup! Watch out USA tea is coming.

Marshalls has a teacup! Watch out USA tea is coming.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Talking to Writers at Parties

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  


Book News:


Praise for the Finishing School Series

Stephanie Wood Franklin of Insert Scene Here says:
“Following young women in the early 19th century as they learn how to set up a household and also spy for Queen and country (or hive, or pack, or some other service) is a joy to behold. The characters grow over the course of the books, while still behaving believably as teenagers would. The language is appropriate for the time period, but doesn’t hit you over the head with dialect.”

Cory Chambers of Lily Cahill says:
“This book is classified as YA, which makes sense given the age group of the characters, but it has a sophistication and sense of humor that is very adult. Seriously, this world is so real, so developed, and so delightfully British. It’s like Jane Austen meets James Bond by way of Fawlty Towers.”

Through the Looking Glass says of the Finishing School series:
“Cementing my love for these books is the wonderful notion that most problems can be solved by tea, and if no tea is readily available then there is always a wicker chicken. Again, don’t ask. Judicious use of my favourite beverage accompanied by the addition of a charming mechanimal named Bumbersnoot has endeared Gail Carriger’s world as close to my heart as the Discworld, and shall await every new book with eager anticipation.”

V’s Reads says (in a review of Manners & Mutiny):
“I simply adored this series. It’s witty and fun, and frisky! There are some not-so-subtle hints toward burgeoning sexuality, male nudity, interracial romance, even…well, allusions toward outre lifestyles for some of the boys. It tickled me from the first page, and wrapped up the four-book plotline beautifully.”

Quote of the Day:

“When he spoke again, it was to talk of pumpkins and cabbages, and after that, for he was a man of limited ideas, of cabbages and pumpkins.”
~ P.G. Wodehouse

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!

Sophronia’s Map in Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger


Gentle Reader, please not that this blog post contains spoilers for those who have not yet read Manners & Mutiny. Please skip to the Daily Dose if you haven’t read the book yet. If you haven’t read the Finishing School books at all, this will make no sense.

Read further at your own risk!

******* SPOILERS *******

So, in M&M, Sophronia is stuck aboard her school (mostly alone) trying to stop the bad guys from attacking London. I was thinking about a ST:TNG episode called Starship Mine. It, in turn, comes from that grand tradition of “one good guy on a ship full of bad guys” endemic to the Boys Own Adventure novel. You know it the noble cabin boy on the pirate ship, the lone gunman riding into the den of thieves. Someone on Twitter likened this to Die Hard (or Con Air or Alien or…).

Anyway, Sophronia is on the school dirigible, alone against many. She draws herself a map of the airship as she systematically works her way through it, eliminating the bad guys. Because I’m a pretty visual person, I ended up drawing myself this map, here it is!

Many of you were gratifyingly thrilled to see a map of the school included in this final book, but you’ll notice ti wasn’t this one.

Just as some insider trading: we actually discussed whether to use a full internal schematic of the dirigible or if it would be more helpful to have a professional redraw my sketch above.

In the end, we went with the schematic, as follows:

I did draw one of these too, but I’ve had it since the first book. Either way, I adore that Little Brown agreed to let me have a map in my book!

In other news,  I ran across this fan recently, and it occurred to me to wonder if there would be a commemorative fan for the ending of the mechanicals era.

The Fan Museum @TheFanMuseum
French fan (c.1770) commemorating the union of the Dauphin & #MarieAntoinette

Lindsay of Me on Books says of Manners & Mutiny: “As with the previous books, there is no shortage of mystery or deception, of truth-seeking or secret-uncovering. Of Picklemen-hunting or sootie friendship-making. But this is certainly the most dastardly plan Sophronia has ever had to untangle and thwart. The one that might reveal the most about this secretive intelligencer world of hers. The one that, if mishandled, might bring down society as they know it.”

{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix, skinflint alternative is Ridiculous by D.L. Carter.}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Ladies’ Companion Date-  Tuesday, June 1, 1858 Item ID-  v. 39, plate 112

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
18 Tea Infusers to Make Teatime More Exciting

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
How to Write Better Short Stories

Book News:
Robin Willis of Library School Journal says of Manners & Mutiny: “I could not be happier with the outcome of this series, along with its ties to her other books. Ms. Carriger is firmly down as one of my favorite authors. I strongly recommend this title, as well as every other one in the Finishing School series to any collection serving students in grades 6 and up.”

Quote of the Day:

“A typical afternoon’s calling for Marion Sambourne, who was enthusiastically social, was ‘Called on Mrs Kemp, Mrs Christopher, Mrs Humphreys, all out. Had tea at Mrs Holmes, stayed some time. Called & had tea at Mrs Tuer’s and at Miss Hogarth’s, saw Mrs Andrews and girls teas, three cards left was about average for her.”

~ The Victorian House by Judith Flanders 

Finishing School 12 Days of Christmas & 5 Things Gail Loves (Finishing School Special Extras)

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Bit of fun from the Finishing School Tumblr for you today, Gentle Reader.











Here are 5 other things I love right now:

1. Romance Novels for Feminists blog: Fun, insightful, engaging reviews and romance recommendations from a feminist stance. Not an attack, more an analysis, as the blog focuses on books she likes rather than all the ones that are getting things wrong. I’m not often interested in buying the books recommended, but I always enjoy reading the review.

2. Broaden the mind and be entertained, an oldie but a goodie, youtube music video of Bad Romance parody: Women’s Suffrage. Every time I watch it the end note makes me cry, in a good way.  Want more? International Woman Suffrage Timeline. I also enjoyed both Iron Jawed Angels and Suffragette.

3. Trader Joe’s Soup Dumplings. From the frozen food section. Yes they’ve got like half the day’s allotment of salt and they aren’t as good as the fresh ones from a restaurant, but they are pretty darn tasty, relatively low caloric, and ready in 3 minutes. In my world these are the PERFECT midwinter lunch with a little side salad or some greens. Best of all the AB doesn’t like them at all, so they are all mine! Eating the whole package feels decadent but really isn’t so bad. Win win.

4. & 5. These Two Cakes:

Both are naturally GF, which is to say the original recipe never called for flour. I’m not GF myself, but that doesn’t mean a good cake can’t be eggy and delicious.

{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix, skinflint alternative is Ridiculous by D.L. Carter.}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Renoir  Gentleman’s Essentials  tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

via steampunk-beauties tumblr

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Octopus Makes Own Quicksand to Build Burrow on Seabed

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Writing Dialogue: 4 Ways to Avoid Floating Head Syndrome

Book News:
Live the Dork Forest at Docs Lab in SF with Gail Carriger ~ $2

Quote of the Day:
“There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.”
~ P.G. Wodehouse

Manners & Mutiny Book Tour, YallFest, & New York Times (Finishing School)

Posted by Gail Carriger


It’s strange how long it take me to really be back from a book tour, Gentle Reader. I mean back back, mentally as well as physically. Anyway I am, and I had a lovely time. Paced myself a bit with fewer events than usual, not sure it quite worked because in the end, as Mum put it, travel is travel and that’s exhausting.

I chose red and black outfits for this tour, since I don’t wear yellow. But I think it complemented the book cover pretty well. I’ll be blogging over on Retro Rack about all the outfits if you want to know more.

There she is, Manners & Mutiny, on the Children’s Series Best Seller list at #9. The series list is a notoriously difficult nut to crack so I am eternally grateful to everyone who ordered for their school or library, pre-ordered online or at their local brick & mortar, and took the time to buy during the first week on sale. It really does mean a lot to me, and better, it means the publishing house looks on me with favor which means… for you… MORE BOOKS.

Some Quick Tour Highlights for You

Books Inc, Opera Plaza in San Francisco is always a fun time. Lovely turn out from my local crowd on a cold Tuesday night.

I wore my favorite black coat dress with red piping and multiple petticoats, none of these pack well so I rarely bring them on tour. Thus, this was the perfect outing. That’s the NYCC banner from Little Brown’s booth behind our heads. They sent it to me! Isn’t that cool?

After Books Inc I hit the road, or the airways, as it were. I ghosted into World Fantasy, wasn’t officially attending as I was mostly in town for my signing and to see friends and colleagues.

Northshire Books in Saratoga Springs is the kind of bookstore that feels like it’s been there forever, when in fact it’s only a few years old. They were very welcoming and we filled the cafe. Even a few of my fellow authors showed up (frankly, we rarely attend to each others events) which I found charming.

Peter V. Brett took this picture of me. How many of us get to claim that kind of accolade? In other news, one lovely young lady, Eva, asked that her birthday present be to visit me. So she and her dad flew all the way from Wisconsin to Saratoga Springs for my signing. Isn’t that amazing? I’m her favorite author! It’s basically a dream come true for me.

She drew this fan art for me as well. I always say that I write to be someone’s favorite author because I know what it’s like to have them. So that’s it, I’ve done it. I got to meet myself, in a strange way. I’m so honored. Thank you, Eva.

Porter Square Books in Cambridge is a new bookstore for me. Last time I was in town I was at Pandemonium. Turns out my dear friend Adam Christopher was at Pandemonium at the SAME TIME I was at Porter. Battle of the authors! If you’re inclined toward robot noir you should check out his book, Made to Kill. He had Max Gladstone at his event, though, so… jealous. We all went out for drinks after, because, why not? All good author battles end with alcohol.

At this event I was presented with the most amazing character cookies made by a fan. So stunning. And, as I found out later, delicious. I have the most talented and amazing readers in the whole world. The cookies (well, the ones I didn’t eat) came with me to YallFest and were presented unto the first fans in my signing line on Friday. The Loontwill Sisters were picked first. Somehow, I’m not surprised.

I spent a little time in Boston after tha., I have a number of college friends around the area and it was a chance to get caught up, gossip, go vintage shopping, plan future shenanigans. You know.

Then it was off to YallFest in Charleston, which is crazy, intense, glorious, and utterly exhausting.

Friday I participated in Yall Crawl, a kind of mass signing that takes place all over the city. I wasn’t expecting many but I had a whole line of people waiting. Amazing!

That night I found a shepherdess tapestry in the hotel that Lord Akeldama would approve of, scooped up my dear friend Lauren Harris, and went off to the author mingle where there were AH-MAZ-ING collard greens (I love them so) and lots of fantastic authors including one of the greatest of us all, Mercedes Lackey. Here’s the kicker, she spotted me… and knew who I was… and likes my books… it was pretty much the greatest thing EVER! Her books still take up the most shelf space on my bookshelves. Could we just pause and talk about the vital ground breaking importance of The Last Herald Mage series? So so many of us had no idea you could write a LBGT character until we read that series. Not that we didn’t want to or it wasn’t allowed, just that we didn’t even register that it was possible in fantasy. Yes, there were others before her, but she was the one we all read. Us, the girls who loved horses and fantasy and magic. We owe her a lot. And in person, she’s totally cool, and charming, and fabulous. How marvelous is that?

Ah-hem, just a minor fan girl moment there. Now where was I? Oh yeah, no evidence exists of this meeting because I was too busy being delighted. Lauren witnessed it though, so it wasn’t a dream.

 By request, me with the Splendifereuous Courtney.

Next day I had a two panels, a signing at a train museum, met more famous authors than one can count on two hands, and played Vanna White in a game of YA Hollywood Squares. Which pretty much sums up the oddness that is the YallFest experience.

Yes, I wore my red opera gloves. Whatcha take me for, an amateur?

 The rhubarb strawberry was much less impressive than the buttermilk and the tea.

Charleston was charming. I discovered the joy of buttermilk pie, local tea, and the open air market. To my ever increasing joy kale salad was everywhere. I love kale salad. I know, but I do.

 Fans & octopodes at the market

Then it was home to a flurry of lapsed emails, appointments, and next year’s travel decisions. Also a very happy cat and AB, both of whom were delightfully affectionate.

{Gail’s monthly read along for November is Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1700s via @AshmoleanMuseum A View of Dolo on the Brenta Canal

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Tea cozy looks like Lilliput!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
As American as Iced Tea: A Brief, and Sometimes Boozy History

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.”
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Book News:

Quote of the Day:
“Hallo, Bertie, you old ass,” was her very matey greeting.
~ Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

Unused Finishing School Notes (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger


I have finally returned from my book tour!

Thank you so much to everyone who managed to make it out to my events. You are fabulous, and it was a pleasure to meet you. I will blather at you all soon about what happened but right now I need Mexican food, sleep, and tea … in that order. And now for some serious bloggage…

Finishing School DVD Extras!

One of the last things I did, Gentle Reader, some 14 months ago when I was handing in my final draft of Manners & Mutiny, was go over my story bible for the whole book series. Now, Gentle Reader, I’m not going to let you peek at the bible itself. For one thing, my handwriting is awful. For another, my spelling is embarrassing. (By all accounts, I am not an Accomplished Young Lady.) The story bible is a messy creature full of crossed out bits, arrows from one section to another, pasted in photos, funny small sketches, different colored pen. It’s not worth sharing. Even if it didn’t have notes and thoughts on future unwritten things which would be much with the ruination of future works.


But, I thought you might like a peek as some fun bits and bobs from that final read through. Me trying to pick up all my threads. Trying not to forget anything or anyone (expect by intent). I’ve marked the point when the notes become spoilery for the last book.


Dates of Finishing School Books

  1. October 1851
  2. March 1852
  3. February 1853 (Soph 16, Sid 16, Dim almost 15, Ag 14)
  4. December 1853 (Soph 16, Dim 15, Ag 15) Transitions into New Year 1854

Girls Birthdays

  • Sidheag February 1, 1837
  • Sophronia November 29, 1837
  • Dimity February 2, 1838
  • Agatha May 4, 1838

Ran across this inspiration image of the Misses Zena and Phyllis Dare: actresses of the Edwardian musical comedy fame (set much after these books).


I know it’s the wrong time period but this image very much informed my idea of the relationship between Dimity and Sophronia. Dimity is the more round face smiling Phyllis to the left, and Sophronia the longer face more reserved Zena at the front.

On Hair Pieces

“It has been suggested that those ladies who wish to wear a real hair mattress on their heads, surmounted by several stories of hat, with a parterre of flowers to crown the whole, shall insert in their headdress for the theatre an opera-glass, to rest on the top of the head, ranging fore and aft, so that gentlemen witting behind can see through it to the stage.”
~ Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine August 1872

C&C in Japan

Various Level of Evil Genius (top down)

  1. Evil Genius
  2. Vengeful Genius
  3. Spiteful Genius
  4. Reprobate Genius
  5. Discourteous Genius
  6. Mildly Rude Genius

Stuff That Never Made It In:

  • Notes on history of Dartmoor, stone circles, etc. Dartmoor in time-lapse.
  • Background information about Alessandro and his activities before his death in 1850. Might he have had some connection to the school before Sophronia arrived? Ended up not being relevant to these books. Is there a short story there? Maybe. We know he knew Professor Lefoux from before, in Paris, because Vieve remembers him.
  • Long list of silly Sister Mattie-isms. Apparently I had intended to introduce her character by depicting her praise a student for making the whole class sick. She ended up with a lot less screen time than I had anticipated. It’s OK, the students were the important focus. Funny how when I started I thought the teachers would be so much more prevalent in these books, and adult/teacher perspective. But as I got immersed in Sophronia and her world I realized to her, they were less necessary than her friendships. Which is exactly right, I feel.
  • 1853 Royal christening, Nesselrode pudding a big deal, fog in London much remarked upon.
  • Picklemen also referred to as The Men Who Pickle.
  • Mademoiselle Geraldine was supposed to call the students “my dumplings.”
  • Lady Linette, “So you have learned how to walk. Next we learn how to walk and steal a man’s heart at the same time.”
  • Sophronia walnut-dying her skin to see what it’s like to be black.
  • The fact that Soap doesn’t like fish.


E&E in Japan

On the French System of Manners

“One of the highest merits of the French system of manners is that it tacitly lays down the principle that all persons meeting in the same house know each other without the formality of introduction. Any man may ask any girl to dance, or speak to anybody at a private party. This in no way extends to public gatherings, where the guarantee of supposed equality, which results from the fact of knowing the same host, does not exist. But in drawing-rooms the rule is absolute; everybody may talk to everybody. This is an intelligent and most practical custom; it facilitates conversation, is dispels all awkwardness towards your neighbor, it melts cold in a house were you do not now a soul, it gives a look of warmth and unity to a room.”
~ Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine July 1872

via History In Pictures @HistoryInPics  48-shot revolver from 1855
The kind of gun I imagine the Pcklemen might carry.



Random Things of Interest

  • Noted that there’s Professor Lefoux back-story in Blameless pg. 182, 190
  • Preshea Buss’s name… “Frances Mary Buss was the founder in 1850 of North London Collegiate School for girls, one of the earliest girls’ schools to focus on academic attainment.” ~ The Victorian House by Judith Flanders
  • Yes, Monique is based on a real person/people I knew in high school. Yes, I really didn’t like her. Apparently, she’s also a really bad whist partner. If you want my research and thoughts on Girls Bullying Girls you should listen to Dave and I talk about the movie Mean Girls over on Pop Culture Case Study.
  • Yes, I always intended to have Sophronia and Monique work together. Part of growing up is learning to function around people you dislike. In other words, the great and fateful… suck it up moment.
  • Parasol Protectorate readers: did you recognize a briefly introduced pansy-eyed blonde, one of the last ever students at Finishing School?

{Gail’s monthly read along for November is Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1870 Umbrella brooch shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

cgmfindings-      art nouveau octopus brooch
Louis Aucoc      Paris 1900
gold, diamonds, rubies, pearls, and plique à jour enamel

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
5 Octopus Articles!

  1. Solitary Octopuses’ Strong Statements
  2.  The Octopus Can See With Its Skin
  3.  Amazing Facts About the Octopus
  4.  Octopus Genome Offers Insight into One of Ocean’s Cleverest Oddballs & Octopus Genome Reveals Seat Creature’s Secrets
  5. Zoo Seeks New Puzzles for Intelligent Octopus Ursula

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
“Word Hoard” and the Pitfalls of Dialogue Authenticity

Book News:
MK of Popcorn Reads says of the Finishing School series: “This series is making this Gail Carriger fan very happy. All of the fun elements from the Parasol Protectorate with a fresh new sbu-world within that world.”

Quote of the Day:
“Very good,” I said coldly. “In that case, tinkerty tonk.” And I meant it to sting.
~ Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

Manners & Mutiny Book Tour Events (Finishing School)

Posted by Gail Carriger


I am off on tour, Gentle Reader, for Manners & Mutiny. Normal blogging resumes when I return. You can follow my exploits on Twitter & Instagram.

(A quick note the book should be available in most larger US bookstores. If it’s not shelved, do ask them to please go in the back and open the box. It’s there, they just haven’t unpacked it.)

For those of you who know me well and read Retro Rack, I won’t be dressing to match this cover. I have yellowish skin; frankly darling, yellow is NOT a good color for me. I’m pulling out the red accessories, so expect to see a lot of red and black. What can I say? It’s my happy place.

Now, where can you see me live in said red and black? San Francisco, Saratoga Springs, Boston, and Charleston…

San Francisco, CA ~ Bookstore Appearance

Nov. 3, 7pm Books Inc. Opera Plaza (601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 415-776-1111) Manners & Mutiny launch event.


Saratoga Springs, NY ~ Bookstore Appearance & World Fantasy

Nov. 7, 3pm Northshire Books (424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 518-682-4200) Manners & Mutiny Tea Party! Limited seating.

Nov. 5-8, World Fantasy. (The Saratoga Hilton 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 518-584-4000) Not on programming but planning to lurk at the bar.

Boston, MA ~ Bookstore Appearance

Nov. 10, 7pm Porter Square Books (Porter Square Shopping Center, 25 White St, Cambridge, MA 617-491-2220) Manners & Mutiny launch event.

Via Old Photos & Bacon☣ @photosandbacon  Boston in 1877

“We like the men and women of Boston. They have opinions about everything – some of them adverse to your own, but even in that case so well expressed that, in admiration for the rhetoric, you excuse the divergence of sentiment. We never found a half-and-half character in Boston.”
~ Around the Tea Table by T. De Witt Talmage (1875)

Charleston, SC ~ YALLFest

Nov. 13-14 YALLFest (downtown area)
I will be participating in many of the group author events except the school visits. These include autographing sessions, parties, mixers, and on stage games.

Fri. Nov. 13 Signing

  • 3 ~ 5pm Please Come visit me, I’m horribly afraid I’ll be all alone! (Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer 4 Vanderhorst Street Charleston, SC 29403 843-853-7186)

 Sat. Nov. 14 Two FREE Panels & Signing

“But why, Jeeves? Dash it all, she’s just had nearly two months of me.”
“Yes, sir.”
“And many people consider the medium dose for an adult two days.”
~  P. G. Wodehouse (Right Ho, Jeeves)

{Gail’s monthly read along for November is Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877) Woman with Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
British Museum Teapot Collection

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Octopuses Seen Throwing Things May Be Using Shells as Weapons

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
“I can’t help but to write, I have an inner need for it. If I’m not in the middle of some literary project, I’m utterly lost, unhappy and distressed. As soon as I get started, I calm down.”
~ Kaari Utrio

Book News:
Kelly of Reading the Paranormal says of Waistcoats & Weaponry: “Another fun installment as Sophronia puts her finishing school training to good use.”

Quote of the Day:
“Patrick licked into his mouth like an old acquaintance, catching all their noises in the space between their tongues.”
~ Lia Cooper, The Duality Paradigm
(I cannot get over how good that line is! So good, you guys. So good.)

Manners & Mutiny Out Today!

Posted by Gail Carriger


It. Is. Alive! Today Manners & Mutiny is available online or wherever fine books are sold. Here’s a sample of sources:


Barnes & Noble




I am really happy with this book because I feel like it ties up so many loose ends, not only for Sophronia and her friends, but for this universe I have created. You know me, I do like things neat and tidy.

This one carries with it a lot of hope.

I hope you guys are as happy as I am about the resolution to the story of Sophronia, Soap, and their friends; as well as the school, the teachers, the mechanicals, Bumbersnoot, a certain wicker chickens, a handful of fake pastry, and anything else you might have wondered about.

I’m hoping that if you have asked yourself, while reading this series, is Gail going to…? That you will find in Manners & Mutiny that the answer is yes. Yes I most likely am going to.  And I did. So there!

I had a whole post on chatelaines that blogger ate, but this is pretyt good!

My intent is that you put this book down and instantly go back to start Etiquette & Espionage all over again because so much will now make sense from the get go. Or that perhaps you will go on to the Parasol Protectorate to learn which characters turn up again there, and what surprises may be in store for you, knowing what happened 20 years in the past.

If you feel like anything was left unfinished, don’t you worry. There is still more to come from many of these characters. Fingers crossed that everything works out for me and my 2016 super secret intelligencer plans. It does seem that, at the moment, I too have turned to espionage and mutiny. However, soon good manners will drive me to reveal all.

Want to know how I feel as an author today of all days? 
Matt pretty much covers that: An important message from an author (who is me) on the day of their book release. The single nicest thing you can do for any author is tell other readers that you enjoyed that author’s book.

A final note: Thanks to everyone who participated in the Facebook Q&A! It was a roaring sucess. Some wonderful questions were asked that not only made me think, but gave me idieas for future stories.  It was a delightful way to spend my afternoon ~ smart, silly, joyful. I love my readers so much.

{Gail’s monthly read along for November is Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Magasin des Demoiselles Date-  Monday, June 1, 1857 Item ID-  v. 39, plate 18

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
12 Purr-fect Canadian Bookstore Cats

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Ridiculous History: Arsenic Was the Assassin’s Dream Weapon

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
The Psychology of Fandom: Why We Get Attached to Fictional Characters


  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Out now!
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working third draft. Available for pre-order in the US

Gail Carriger’s Books! 

 The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny


The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence

Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
Pretty Little Pages says: “Gosh, can I just gush about how fun Etiquette & Espionage was? It was just a really good book. It was so easy to get lost in the world of Mademoiselle Geraldine’s. … It required me to be present while reading, but it was just so fun. I know I need a new word, but that’s really what this book was for me. It was an adventure!”

Quote of the Day:
“I read it backwards. I read it forwards. As a matter of fact, I have a sort of recollection of even smelling it. But it still baffled me.”
~  P. G. Wodehouse (Right Ho, Jeeves)

Gail’s fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

Ending a Series ~ Tomorrow Manners & Mutiny Drops

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Tomorrow Manners & Mutiny officially heads out into the world (yes, it shipped early in a few places). This is the last book in the Finishing School series.


Barnes & Noble



The Finishing School series was a lot of firsts for me. The first time I wrote YA. The first time I planned the number of books in the series from the very start. The first time I had a hardcover release. First time I visited schools.

And now it’s done. I’m feeling a lot of things about this: relief, happiness, euphoria, exhaustion, satisfaction, wistfulness, sadness. But out it goes into the world, regardless of my feelings.

Online Facebook Q&A ~ TODAY ONLY

If you have a question for me I’ll be running a Q&A on FB today starting at 2pm Pacific (although I’ll check up the rest of the day as well). Just in case, here are a few questions I keep getting that may be one of yours…

Questions Percolating On Social Media

Where is the audiobook?
The audiobook should drop soon in the US. I don’t know about elsewhere, I never know about elsewhere.

Will there be a box set or an ebook bundle of the four books?
I don’t know. Not for a while I don’t think. There hasn’t been any discussion.

Any word on Hollywood and the Finishing School?

Can we order signed copies online?
Sorry, no. That was a (catastrophic) 3rd book only thing. However, I’m considering offering one book plate to each interested newsletter subscriber (as a holiday thank you) next month. Also, you can call and talk to the bookstores on my tour, see if they offer a sign and ship service. If all else fails, I will be at Borderlands the first week of December and they certainly offer this service, and ship overseas. 888.898.4003 I am willing to personalize for bookstore orders.

Want to know more about how I feel ending a series? 
Here are the two blog posts I did upon the release of Timeless, the final book of my first series, the Parasol Protectorate: Ending A Series ~ Part 1: Practicalities and Ending a Series ~ Part 2: Emotions.

{Gail’s monthly read along for November is Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Journal des Demoiselles Date-  Thursday, July 1, 1858 Item ID-  v. 39, plate 118

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

It was Lilliput’s 3rd birthday yesterday!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
For Centuries, People Have Been Searching for Answers in the Bottom of a Tea Cup

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
“I mean, if you fool about too long at the start, trying to establish atmosphere, as they call it, and all that sort of rot, you fail to grip and the customers walk out on you.”
~ Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse


  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Out now!
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working third draft. Available for pre-order in the US

Gail Carriger’s Books! 

 The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny


The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence

Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
Amazon has M&M as one of their best books of the month in SF/F:

Quote of the Day:
“Now I see why Ari used to say that his younger brother only connected to reality at a few widely divergent points.”
~ Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald, By Honor Betray’d

Gail’s fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

Manners & Mutiny Research into History of Women’s Education in England (Finishing School Special Extras)

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The Final Finishing School Book, Manners & Mutiny, releases next Tuesday. Eeep! Also, I just learned that Imprudence is available for pre-order here in the US. (Possibly elsewhere, but I can’t check that.)

Meanwhile, I had a wonderful time doing the Dork Forest with Jackie Kashian.

Here’s a glimpse into some of the research I did for the Finishing School series on girls’ schools and education.

  • 1848 Queen’s College, London = first women’s college
  • 1850 Miss Frances Mary Buss (1827 – 1894) starts the North London Collegiate School, hands over to a board in 1870 = first public day school (yes, Preshea’s last name came from her.)
  • 1858 Miss Dorothea Beal (a831 – 1906) appointed headmistress of Cheltenham Ladies College (founded 1854)


abellefilleart- tumblr: The Love Letter, Gustave-Leonard de Jonghe


Expelled = Sent Down
Suspended = Rusticated (to my great sadness I never got to use this word in my books)
Grounded = Gated


the-vortexx-tumblr Victorian slang terms you never knew existed


Traditional Lessons

  • History
  • Geology
  • Languages – Latin & French
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Literature
  • Daily Walk
  • Etiquette
  • Formal Graces
  • Study Hall
  • Read the Classics
via artofweddingspdx.com via enchanted-weddings tumblr


Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Lessons

  • Knot & embroidery communication
  • Breaking and writing in code
  • Picking pockets
  • Lip reading
  • Political history
  • Manipulation of perception
  • Assessing a room
  • Recruiting your network
  • Sabotage
  • Psychological warfare
  • Sign language
  • Search patterns
  • Spotting other spies
  • Maps & Tracking measurements
  • Recognizance

As you can see I used some of the notes, but not others. Also the language in my notebook is modern. I change the vocabulary and so forth for the names of the actual classes, and try to add twists of humor to the titles and descriptions.

steampunktendencies-      Giant Key West Chicken by Derek Arnold


The old rule of life was that Parliament Sessions don’t open until the frost is out of the ground and the foxes begin to breed. So politically minded aristocracy would begin to drift back to town in the early spring. The Season was then broken up into various necessary-to-attend events for girls coming out (age 17).

  • March: Non political families returned to town.
  • April: everyone is in town, Parliament is in session, and The Season begins in earnest.
  • May: Royal Academy of Art Annual Exhibition, Derby, and various court balls + concerts + private balls
  • June: Ascot
  • July: Henley Regatta and climactic cricket games: Oxford v. Cambridge and Eton v. Harrow
  • August 12: End of The Season, adjournment of Parliament, opening of grouse hunting season.
  • September 1: Partridge season
  • October 2: Pheasant season
  • November, first Monday: Fox hunting.

College sessions roughly followed the parliament/hunting model.  Christmas was spent at home in the country, January-March was Session One, then short Easter break, April-July/August was Session 2, September-December was Session 3 for Cambridge. Oxford had 4 sessions. Can you see why I avoided the whole messy business in my books?

Now this is for the mid to late Victorian Era (which is from 1837 to 1901, I tend to round 1840-1900). If you are interested int eh Regency Ear just prior (the time of Jane Austen) then here is a blog post on that subject: When was the London season?

“Miss Temminnick, you are in receipt of the highest marks we have ever given in a six-month review. Your mind seems designed for espionage.
Nevertheless, you veer away from perfect in matters of etiquette. Do not let these marks go to your head; there are many girls at this school who are better than you.
Our biggest concern is what you get up to when we are not watching. Because, if nothing else, this test has told us you are probably spying on us, as well as everyone around you.”
~ Gail Carriger, Curtsies & Conspiracies


1890s advice via questionableadvice tumblr

“The parents, loving their children too much to be incommoded themselves by any thing that their offspring can say or do, seem not aware that they can possibly interrupt or trouble the rest of the company.”
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler}

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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Le Conseiller des Dames Date-  Monday, August 1, 1853 Item ID-  v. 36, plate 57

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
The Hidden Graffiti of Tate Britain

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Old Foodie: School Dinners, 1913

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Women and the Cliches of the Literary Drunkard

Quote of the Day:
“I suppose he could have changed,” Neal said dryly. “I myself have noticed my growing resemblance to a daffodil.”
The other pages snorted.
Kel eyed her friend. “You do look yellow around the edges,” she told him, her face quite serious. “I hadn’t wanted to bring it up.”
“We daffodils like to have things brought up,” Neal said, slinging an arm around her shoulders. “It reminds us of spring.”
~ Tamora Pierce, Page: Book 2 of the Protector of the Small Quartet

Manners & Mutiny Research The Enigma Project & Victorian Spies (Finishing School Special Extras)

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So when I was doing research for the Finishing School series, Gentle Reader, I did a bunch of research into the Enigma Project.

It totally fascinated me (yes I’ve watched the various movies). Not a lot ended up making it into the books, but here is a peek at the vocabulary notes I took.

My first copy of Manners & Mutiny arrives in the office.


You can determine for yourself, Gentle Reader, what was actually utilized in the series.

  • Clandestine
  • Station X
  • Dispatches
  • Code Name
  • Cypher
  • Deception
  • Sensitive Information
  • Restrictions
  • Security
  • Secrets
  • Top Secret
  • Agent Provocateurs
  • Intelligencers
  • Unauthorized Disclosure
  • Compromise
  • Seal of the Confessional
  • Resources
  • Personnel Department
  • Protective Security
  • Vetting for Government Installation
  • Counter Espionage
  • Counter Insurgency
  • Domestic Surveillance
  • Registry

And then at the bottom in big letters I have scrawled:

Clandestine Scientific Information Act of 1885

Of course I ended up cutting the “Scientific” because that made it the CIA. And I can’t resist stuff like that.

the-vortexx-tumblr Victorian slang terms you never knew existed


More Resources on Victorian Spies


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The Book Nut says of Etiquette & Espionage: “Carriger has a way with this genre that makes it seem much more effortless than other authors who have tried the same.”


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Le Bon Ton Date-  Tuesday, March 1, 1853 Item ID-  v. 36, plate 31

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
19 Brilliant Umbrellas That Will Make Rainy Days Fun

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Female Spy: Mata Hari

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
8 Badass Ladies Who Changed Literature Forever

Quote of the Day:
“This is Waycross, after all—sneaking around in dark alleys is practically the national sport.”
~ Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald, By Honor Betray’d

Historical Questions for Victorian Ladies 1853 (Finishing School Special Extras)

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If you were a respectable young lady in the Victorian Era, Gentle Reader, here are a few conversation topics you might be expected to have words on.  This is the kind of thing Lady Linette might instruct the girls of Mademoiselle Geraldine’s with, in order to adequately prepare them for societal integration.


Historical Question for Ladies

(Taken principally from the Reign of Queen Victoria.)

  • What do you mean by the “Crush-Room of the Opera;” and why is it so called?
  • When did gigot sleeves go out of fashion, and did such sleeves have anything to do with the popular French phrase of “Revenons à nos Moutons?”
  • What do you mean by “Crochet Work”? and can you set the pattern for ladies of “How to make a purse for your brother?”
  • Who edited the “Book of Beauty?” and mention a few of the aristocratic names whose portraits have had the honour of appearing in its splendid pages.
  • Can you describe the habits and haunts of the “Swedish Nightingale?” and can you mention the highest note it ever reached, and also why it sang in a Haymarket?
  • State the name of the “Bohemian nobleman” who first brought over the Polka to England.
  • In what year of VICTORIA’S reign was the celebrated Bal Costumé given at Buckingham Palace? and describe the dress that HER MAJESTY wore on that interesting occasion.
  • Give the names of the principal singers who distinguished themselves at the two Italian Operas during the rival administrations of GYE and LUMLEY, and describe the nature of the feud that existed between those two great men.
  • Give a description of “Pop Goes the Weasel,” and state all you know about the “Weasel,” and what was the origin of his going “Pop.”
  • Who succeeded WIGAN in the Corsican Brothers? Mention the names of the principal watering-places, and say which was considered
  • the more fashionable of the two—Margate, or Gravesend?
  • When did flounces come into fashion, and state the lowest and the highest number a lady could wear?
  • Describe the position of Chiswick—and give a short account of its Gardens, and the Fêtes that were held there every year.
  • What were the duties of the Ladies of the Bedchamber, and in what respects did they differ from the Maids of Honour at Richmond?
  • Mention the names of the most delicious novels that were published between the years 1840 and 1853, and name the character and scene that pleased you the most.
  • Whose gloves do you consider were the best? What was the last elopement that created any sensation at Gretna Green?
  • State who was Jullien? Also, whether he had anything to do with the soup that bears his celebrated name?

~ Mostly garnered from the Ladies Home Journal, 1853

Finishing School for Modern Women to Debut in September

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

The Delineator Magazine, July 1914. Illustration by Carl Kleinschmidt
(via beautifulcentury & dejavuteam)

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

SICILY, SYRACUSE- AR LITRA — ARETHUSA_OCTOPUS 466-460 BC Diameter- 13.1 mm Weight- 0.67 grams Obverse- Pearl-diademed head of Arethusa right; ΣVPA before Reverse- Octopus

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Yixing teapot Exhibition at the Tea Institute

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Movies That Are Better Than Their Bookish Inspirations

Book News:
Yasmin of Ler e Imaginar says of In Innocence? (Portuguese Changeless)
“For those who enjoy a good book, with characters that are beyond the standard, you need to know as soon as the series The Protectorate of Umbrella.”

Quote of the Day:

A Conflagration of Research: Victorians & Food, Etiquette, Photo Resources (Finishing School Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger


Today my dear Gentle Reader, I have a collection of stuff (all the stuff!) I thought might be of interest. Have fun!


Some stuff about the Victorians and Food!

Two of my most favorite subjects rolled together like a pig in a blanket.

“As, for the fashionable, dinner moved later, after-dinner tea was no longer necessary to bridge the gap until bedtime. Instead it moved forward, to fill in the longer period between luncheon (which in families without children was a light meal) and dinner, and to greet the office worker on his return home. This took time to be assimilated. In the 1850s the Carlyles still invited people to tea after dinner, at about seven o’clock: this was thriftier than having them for the meal itself, and made an evening entertainment.”

~ The Victorian House by Judith Flanders

“It is well, while at table, to avoid any discussion of the demerits of the dishes. On the other hand, you may praise them as much as you please.”

~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

“For a large company, a table with tea, coffee, and cakes, may be set in the ladies-room, women being in attendance to supply the guests with those refreshments before they go down.”

~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

“Eliza Acton, in her cookery books at the beginning of the century, was the first person to write a recipe more or less as we would recognize today, by separating out the ingredients from the method, which no one that thought of doing before. No longer was a cook told to take ‘some flour’ or ‘enough milk’, but now quantities and measures were introduced.”

~ The Victorian House by Judith Flanders

Les Modes Parisiennes Date-  Thursday, March 1, 1855 Item ID-  v. 37, plate 52



Matters of Etiquette

“When you purchase an umbrella, desire that, before sending it home, your name be engraved on the little plate at the termination of the handle, or else on the slide. “To make assurance doubly sure,” you may get the name painted in full in small white or yellow letters on the inside of one of the gores of silk.”

~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

Robe à Transformation  1855  The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Random Moments of What?

A bunch of fun Victorian Photo Resources:


On the classic Victorian concept of the sickly maiden or spinster:

“Illness was a way of putting achievement definitively out of reach. This is not a twentieth-, or twenty-first-century interpretation of nineteenth-century situation. Her brother Henry wrote later that ‘tragis health was, in a manner, the only solution for her of the practical problem of life’.”

~ The Victorian House by Judith Flanders

“The English are “starved with cold”—Americans only starve with hunger.”

~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

Le Bon Ton Date-  Tuesday, July 1, 1856 Item ID-  v. 38, plate 65


And some fashion links!


Alfred Stevens (Belgian artist, 1828-1906) In the Country (with a parasol)


“Every lady should own a small light umbrella, or else a very large parasol, of extra size, covered with strong India silk that will not easily tear or fade, and that may be used, on occasion, for either sun or rain; and that will not be cumbrous to carry, though quite large enough to shelter one person.”

~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1Columbian Magazine Date-  Monday, September 1, 1845

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Adorable Tea Bag Cookies

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Steampunk Your Pumpkin This Halloween

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
How to Undress a Victorian Lady in Your Next Historical Romance

Quote of the Day:

“But when the time comes that a man has had his dinner, then the true man comes to the surface.”

~ Mark Twain

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