T. W. Hill: Drood Time in Cloisterham

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What pe­ri­od is cov­ered by the story of the Mys­tery of Edwin Drood? The in­ves­ti­ga­tions of Percy Car­den and oth­ers have fixed the pe­ri­od as 1842, but there are dif­fi­cul­ties in the way of ac­cept­ing this date as cor­rect, and these dif­fi­cul­ties merit ex­am­i­na­tion. Dick­ens says in Chap­ter III that "suf­fi­cient rea­sons which the nar­ra­tive will un­fold" oblige him to dis­guise the name of the cen­tral scene of the story, and it would ap­pear that equal­ly "suf­fi­cient rea­sons" make the pe­ri­od equal­ly dif­fi­cult to de­ter­mine.

Con­sid­er the il­lus­tra­tions. Charles Collins, who de­signed the month­ly wrap­per be­fore a word of the book was writ­ten "made his de­signs from her [Kate Dick­ens's] fa­ther's di­rec­tions." It may there­fore be as­sumed that Dick­ens ap­proved of the wrap­per as we see it, and ap­proved of the way in which the fig­ures in the de­sign are dressed. Look­ing close­ly at these cos­tumes we see that they are all, male and fe­male, of the pe­ri­od 1869-1870 when the book was writ­ten.

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