Oh that we could grasp
An inkling of the nescience
Known as the Guilded Age
Long vanished naivety
In a time long ago
Reading the book/ watching the DVD of “The Age of Innocence” by Edith Wharton set in the 1870’s.
I first heard of “The Age of Innocence” from my neighbor who used to be involved in English Country Dancing and period costume making.
I had been considering attending a Literary Ball in the area and inquired of my neighbor if she might have a costume I could wear, as I was thinking I might go as Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With the Wind or Lisbeth from Pride and Prejudice, my two most favorite literary characters, but my neighbor said the only costumes she presently had on hand were from “The Age of Innocence.”
So she helped me try on “Ellen’s Red Evening Gown” she had made. It was then I realized why women needed maids to help them dress!
After trying to get into 5 layers of clothing, plus a bustle, and adding two top pieces and a hat, I declined! There is no way I could survive that much clothing outside on a summer day in July, much less try to dance in it!!
I have a newfound appreciation for the ladies who lived in the 1870’s!