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Dead Serious: Killing off Steampunk Characters

There are very interesting details about mourning rituals in the Victorian Era in this post.

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Queen Victoria in full mourning dress. Queen Victoria in full mourning dress.

“Don’t say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream.”

Mark Twain

 As every writer knows, killing off characters is never easy. However, death is an important part of life. So, at some point, somebody in one of your Steampunk narratives is going to die. So you need some idea of what the rituals of mourning were during the Victorian era. Don’t think that Victorian Mourning was all about wearing black, though the wearing of black was a large part of it, particularly for women. Like with everything to do with fashion, a widow was expected to wear the most expensive weeds she could afford. However, there was also special rituals and special jewellery that were part of the whole sad affair.

Professional Mutes from the London Cemetery. Professional Mutes from the London Cemetery.

A Funeral Mute by Robert William Buss A Funeral Mute by Robert William Buss

Professional Mutes: Mutes were paid members…

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