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December 26, 2016

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servetus

Fascinating. Do you think it was a coincidence that the novel was set in MO? I ask only b/c the Saxon Lutherans immigrated there in 1839, and the roots of the LC-MS (Martin Stephan, CFW Walther, etc.) were put down there first in the 1840s.

Roger

"The celibate, that is, abandons the worldly and bodily desires associated with reproduction, as well as with the demands of everyday middle- or upper-class life, to sacrifice herself entirely for the universal family headed by God."

Given the very real risks to life and health associated with reproduction, are these mentioned or implied as possible motives for self-sacrifice in Victorian religious fiction?

Miriam

servetus: It would be helpful to know the author's identity, given how specific s/he was about immigration patterns. One would expect an American Catholic to be more aware of what was happening (were Catholics in the UK and Ireland really spending all their time monitoring Lutherans in MO?), but you never know.

Roger: That's not usually given as an explicit motivation.

servetus

Yeah, no idea, but the political conflict that spurred the Saxon migration (the Prussian Union of 1817) was a matter of some political consequence within Germany, so it's not inconceivable to me that an author in England or Ireland would have known something about it or been aware where the migrants settled. "Missouri" just struck me.

Mr Punch

Mary Robson Hughs, to whom the book is generally attributed, began her career in England but emigrated to the US in 1818.

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