Monday, January 18, 2010

Aether Salon: Children!

This month's Aether Salon concerned the topic of Victorian children, and featured three speakers: Miss Saffia Widdershins (publisher of the Primgraph and Prim Perfect), and two of Babbage's urchins, young Jimmy Branagh and his youthful compatriot Miss Myrtil Igaly. Miss Widdershins, pictured below, started with a summary of how children's literature depicted children during the Victorian era, drawing on her typist's deep knowledge of the subject.

Master Branagh and Miss Igaly, below, followed with a discussion of how they came to Babbage, and how their typists each chose the part of an urchin.

As usual, Miss Viv Trafalgar, Miss Jed Dagger, and Miss Serafina Puchkina were the able hostesses of the event. Below, Miss Trafalgar, with a ghostly Miss Dagger behind (the fault of the camerawoman, not Miss Dagger's seamstress).

The crowd had fewer adults in attendance than Salons I have previously attended, but it seemed as though every urchin in Babbage was there, giving our speakers what-for.

Another fine job by the Salon!


Viv Trafalgar said...

Thank you for the wonderful recap Miss Jameson! That was a wild Salon - I'm still finding... candy! stuffed in the upholstery. For those who like to read transcripts, Miss Serafina has posted the unedited version already at - the edited version will arrive after we restock the smelling salts.

Rhianon Jameson said...

The wicked young things were remarkably well-behaved for a time. After a while, however, they started behaving...well, like the adults. My stars, that noise!

(I didn't realize Babbage had that many children. I speculated how many of them were, in fact, alts of regular Salon attendees.)