The Victorian Context
- When I suggested that it's easier to place Carroll in his Victorian
context, I wasn't suggesting that ways of examining the author, such
as through reexamining the evidence, are invalid. They are just more
Victorians had a different view of children than we do today, and
they were subject to a host of mistreatments. I'm not suggesting
that Carroll was a pedophile, but we do need to see his relationship
with the Liddell girls in the context of his time. We can't judge
the past with standards of the present. Even those fops with their
servant-boys and Greek philosophers with their young students must be
viewed within their appropriate historical and social contexts.
Simple, but true.