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Click to edit Master subtitle style Lit Trans 248 Week of February 16th Tim Pierie Ryan Gasper Landon Peacock Ryan Craven
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Good Lady Ducayne (1896) by Mary Elizabeth Braddon The Grand Tour…
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Characters Bella is the main character. She cares very much for  her poor mother who has a very low position is  society. Although she idolized her mother she longed  for “enterprise change and excitement”. Lady Ducayne is an extremely old lady that employs  Bella to do odd jobs for her.  She is the British version  of a vampire.   The culprit is the Italian Doctor, who devises a  scheme to prolong Lady Ducayne’s life and shorten  Bella’s.
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Setting The story begins in London during the Industrial Revolution.  During the 1800s the Industrial Revolution spread  throughout Britain. The use of steam-powered machines, led  to a massive increase in the number of factories (particularly  in textile factories or mills).   At this time the Patriarchy is falling down.  In addition,  downward mobility was effecting social and cultural  spectrums. The setting moves to Italy, an exotic southern location  “Grand Tour” of seeing the world from Bella’s perspective of 
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Plot Initially there is confusion to what is causing  the young ladies who work for Lady Ducayne  to lose their health and die. In Bella’s time  with Lady Ducayne she slowly begins to lose  her energy.  She claims her health is good, but she  doesn’t have the energy she used to while at  home. 
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Explanations of failing health Some think that living with an old lady is to blame. Bella doesn’t believe this to be the case because she is given plenty of free time and has a light work load. She is lonely Her mother believes that she is homesick, which is partly true.
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Plot, continued Mr. Stafford, a young and well trained physician, reveals  that the marks on Bella’s arms are a result of  experimental practice by Lady Ducayne’s personal  physician, Dr. Parravicini.  He goes on to explain that he has been “bleeding” her  after putting her on chloroform. The reason for the  experimental practice is discover ways of maintaining  youth.  Lady Ducayne then offers Mr. Stafford a job. Mr.  Stafford declines the job and threatens to reveal what  she has been doing if she continues her practice. 
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Connections from Previous Lecture Elizabeth Bathory, the Blood Countess and Lady Ducayne both sacrificed young women for purposes of maintaining their own youth By taking blood of youthful girls, they attempted to restore their youth Bathory bathed in the blood, while Ducayne injected it into her bloodstream
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Imagery of Vampirism Communication becomes literal throughout the story.
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