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Daily Snippet #2: page 134 / 100 words

Daniel Pool. What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox-Hunting to Whist – The Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England. Simon and Schuster, 1993.

“Crime and Punishment: In England in 1800 one could be hanged for sheep stealing, sodomy, murder, impersonating an army veteran, stealing something worth more than 5 shillings from a shop, treason, doing damage to Westminster Bridge, and about 200 other offenses. (Killing a man in a duel, although murder, was considered socially okay for people of quality, so juries didn’t convict until the [p 135] 1840s. Thereafter it became advisable to duel on the continent, as Phineas Finn does.)

Following execution the criminal’s body would either be given to a surgeon for use in an anatomy class or else, until…”

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