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What should a Duchesse wear when meeting a Scotland Yard Inspector?

What should a Duchesse wear when meeting a Scotland Yard Inspector?

Here's my favorite part in my latest story, "An Affair at Oxbridge": It's in the opening chapter. Set up: December, 1899, very early morning, and the Inspector from Scotland Yard comes to Lady Clarke's house. Lady Clarke is already awake, in the drawing room, in her bloomers. The butler shows the Inspector into the room, and the inspector is extremely embarrassed when he sees Lady Clarke in her bloomers. But not only that, she's barefooted, that means exposed digits, exposed ankles, ooooolalala ...  “I apologize for coming to you at such an untimely hour, Your Grace,” he said, in a hasty tone. His eyes touched upon Lady Clarke, who was still in her bloomers, and then his gaze flew to his feet, his paleness turning unexpectedly into a flush. When I initially wrote this scene, it was a very basic dynamic. Inspector comes into the room, Lady Clarke is on a chair, and the story begins. No one notices what she wears. Ok, but then I thought, hold on, what is she wearing? I didn't think about what she would be wearing at first because when I think 1890's and women's clothes I think long robes and dresses with layers and layers, a nightmare of fabric, so naturally, I was seeing Lady Clarke just very generically swathed in a few layers of fabric. But that image just doesn't fit with Lady Clarke. Lady Clarke is extremely carefree, scatterbrained about domestic things, and totally and utterly unconcerned with social norms. She's a nonconformist. She may be a duchess, but amongst the...

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What should a Duchesse wear when meeting a Scotland Yard Inspector?

What should a Duchesse wear when meeting a Scotland Yard Inspector?

Here's my favorite part in my latest story, "An Affair at Oxbridge": It's in the opening chapter. Set up: December, 1899, very early morning, and the Inspector from Scotland Yard comes to Lady Clarke's house. Lady Clarke is already awake, in the drawing room, in her bloomers. The butler shows the Inspector into the room, and the inspector is extremely embarrassed when he sees Lady Clarke in her bloomers. But not only that, she's barefooted, that means exposed digits, exposed ankles,...

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