The press and the public were kind enough to welcome the fanciful plan, and willingly joined me in the anachronism of imagining a Wessex population living under Queen Victoria;—a modern Wessex of railways, the penny post, mowing and reaping machines, union workhouses, lucifer matches, labourers who could read and write, and National school children.
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The Victorian era is in reference to the 63 years that Queen Victoria ruled.
The scarf’s a hundred years old, and it was given to you by Queen Victoria right before she died, for special services to the Crown or something.