By Ivan Kreilkamp

Ivan Kreilkamp teaches in the Department of English at Indiana University and writes frequently about 19th-century and contemporary literature.

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    You grow up in a family that is aristocratic, but on such a limited budget as to be able to employ no more than a cook, a parlor-maid, a housemaid, a kitchen maid, a nanny and a nursemaid. The family pays for the nanny by keeping a flock of several hundred chickens and selling the eggs in town. Other budgeting measures include an absolute ban on the

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