Quotations and aphorisms by Judith Flanders:
Every society in every period does or doesn’t talk about certain topics. We don’t discuss money much; it’s almost certain that most people don’t know how much their colleagues earn. The Victorians, in contrast, were very happy to discuss money. They weren’t, however, happy to discuss sex.
Victorian racehorse owners frequently named their horses after murderers. That was so astonishing. Can you imagine the equivalent today, with a horse named, say, Boston Strangler, running in the Kentucky Derby? This was a new discovery. The Victorians didn’t think it was odd, so no one ever mentioned it particularly.