I don’t have much knowledge of this time period. It’s actually mildly surprising that Lady and the Tramp didn’t play a larger role (or one at all really) in East End society. My thoughts were always centered around a woman in a fancy dress holding an umbrella in one hand, her husband’s arm with the other and their children dutifully walking nearby. I suppose Disney has warped/ distorted my views. On the other hand, I would sometimes conjure the image of an old toothless hag shouting at people walking in front of her stoop.
When I read the title of this course, I immediately attempted to think of anything I had heard about the murders, but sadly, I had to ask my roommate some basic questions. I didn’t even know if they had caught him or not. Of course, a quick glance at the photos in the middle of our background readings jogged memories of a midnight slasher. I certainly didn’t imagine him like that action figure doll though.
People of the Abyss
I was taken aback that Jack London could so simply describe the lifestyle of a person in the Abyss and manage to elicit such a reaction. I was disgusted and sympathetic, but also angered at the failed attempts to assist these people with basic things like food and a warm place to sleep. The sheer fact that bread the consistency of a brick was given in exchange for slave labor is infuriating. And what’s even worse is the fact that Jack the Ripper brought complete attention to this region and yet nothing had really changed by the time London arrived.