It may seem flippant or callous to play down the perils of homosexual life in the Victorian age by contrasting it with the 20th century. The point is that the criminal statistics distort and darken the lives of real people. Graphs are a poor guide to the daily experiences of individuals. Even the apparently grim state of affairs that prevailed for most of the 20th century is not final evidence of a homosexual hell on earth. Not everyone lived the sort of life that put them within the chlorinated grasp of policemen. And not everyone knew- or cared- that their sexual activities were punishable by law.
Police raids and famous trials, as parts of this book will show, could even have an encouraging effect. They proved that like-minded people existed and that not all “sodomites” lived in fearful isolation. Legal-medical textbooks and newspaper reports were the unwitting media of a virtual community , a society of strangers that was informed of its own existence by its persecutors. Even a horrific case like the Vere Street scandal of 1810 could be a consolation and a rallying-cry.
Graham Robb, Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century (via ladysaviours)
Ten more out-of-context quotes from the season finale and possibly last episode ever of Ripper Street.
Quotes and wild guesswork under the readmore.
Downton Abbey, but with more death.
Ripper Street 104, “The Good of This City”