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Shabby Genteel

Shabby Genteel

 

One of the Sketches described people of the upper-class who couldn’t afford the upkeep.  Dickens claims that they are unique to London and exclusively male: “. . . a woman is always either dirty and slovenly in the extreme, or neat and respectable.”

Kyd. Illustrations of Character s in Dickens's Sketches by Boz.

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