[Episode 13 | 1888 : Victoria]
Alexandra's father is talking with his Irish tradesman who is instructing him to hide a dead cat in the roof of the house for luck. Victoria calls her father for dinner. At dinner, Victoria's mother is talking about her 'at home' invitation and who has accepted. She pauses to check Miss Müller's arrival and comments on the appropriateness of her work.
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Character profiling can highlight the historical significance of a person's attire. Costumes, work attire and everyday clothing are the pictorial benchmark of an era.
Focus discussion on the characteristics of the Owen girls and the members of Victoria's family. Also note some of the other characters in the episode, for example, Miss Müller. The pop culture idea of an 'It girl' can help students understand why the focus on clothes is important in determining historical status.
The Owen family and Victoria's family appear to live the same life, but what may lie within is vastly different. Their houses and family dynamics are different. Discuss these differences and come up with a Social Status Ladder depicting the social expectations of people living in 1888.
Self-sufficiency is depicted in the story of Victoria's family through the family garden they maintain in their backyard. What they grew and nurtured is what they ate.