Beth Winter (bwinter) wrote in little_details,
Beth Winter

Victorian London - female profession, gentlemen's clubs

My story is set in London, at some unspecified time between the ascension of Victoria and possibly as late as World War One. The social milieu is upper-middle to lower upper-class - my villain works for his living in the upper echelons of either a bank or a legal office (I haven't decided yet).

1. My protagonist is a young woman. In what manner could she work for the villain (50-ish male, very prosperous upper middle class) that would not be as a house servant and would allow others to observe their interactions? I assume a female secretary would not be plausible except near the very end of the period. A typist taking dictation of his memoirs, possibly?

Edit - clarification: The guy works in an office building, with a large (corner) office of his own. I need a respectable employment that'd let her be seen with him either in the office or around town, and for her to be his "personal" employee (her main work interactions are with him).

2. Were gentlemen's clubs only for gentry and above, or would prosperous upper middle class people (lawyers, bankers etc) also have clubs of their own? I can make my other protagonist have a permanent location at a City pub, but he wants a club chair.

I'm chiefly looking for ideas for #1, which is unfortunately not google-able. #2, instinct tells me yes, but I'd like a confirmation if possible?

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