January 28th, 2011

Proper forms of address for male and female friends in Victorian London

This is for Sherlock Holmes fanfic (for the books, specifically), so it's in London, England, from around 1888 to the late 1890s.

What is the proper way for a gentleman to refer to a female friend who is the fiancee and then later wife of his closest male friend (i.e., how should Holmes address Watson's fiancee-then-wife, Mary) (this is talking to her directly, in a private home, which I can't recall really happening in the books) and vice-versa, how should she refer to him in the same setting? Would he always be expected to address her formally (and does the marriage itself change anything in terms of what's acceptable?) and would the same expectations be had of her when she addresses him? (Of course I can handwave bits of this due to the situation they end up in not being remotely 'proper', but I'd like to know the rules before I break them).

Terms searched: Victorian forms of address, Victorian terms of address, Victorian etiquette and replacing Victorian with 1880s/1890s also but nothing specific is showing up so far for ordinary people (as opposed to titled people) or for women who are already engaged/married.

Question on Asperger Syndrome

I’ve been searching on the characteristics of this particular disorder but I still can’t seem to find all the answers to my questions so I’ve decided to post them here and see if any of you can help me out:

01. A lot of scientists and researchers say that AS is similar to autism, only a lot lighter, I was wondering if a child could go until age two and a half - maybe 3 - not showing any symptom of the syndrome and then suddenly start showing them, like happened in some of the autism cases I’ve read about (where the kid even started talking and then all of a sudden forgot how to talk)?

02. I know that every person is different and that one doesn’t need to have all the symptoms of the disorder to be diagnosed with AS, but would it be fine to say a kid who has normal physical coordination (no physical clumsiness besides the typical kid clumsiness), stopped talking at age 3, qualitative impairment in social interaction, don’t look people in the eye, restricted activities and interests (collecting and lining up toys, assembling puzzles and listening to classic music, especially piano), no clinically significant delay in cognitive development and no tic has Aspergers? Or does that sound more like autism?

03. I’ve also found a few videos of teens that had severe autism and are now almost completely recovered learned how to minimize the symptoms and cope with some of the characteristics that bothered them, is there any statistics of how rare a recovery like that can be? Is it the same for AS? (Edit: I want to say that I'm very sorry for my inappropriate use of the word "recovery" here, it was very inconsiderate of my part but I assure you I didn't intend to offend anyone...)

04. Some people say that hug therapy helps (along with other methods) autistic kids, does that work for kids with AS as well?

Sorry if this is TL;DR

Thank you very much in advance!

Clothing Materials and styles for Nobles and Peasants

Era: Medieval and Renaissance

Place: Eastern Europe (France, England)

I'm looking for information on the materials used in clothing and cloaks of peasants and nobles. Also, the styles, what where the differences between them, length, style, etc. For both men and women. Can anyone help me?

I looked in yahoo.com and google.com with medieval clothing, medieval materials, nobles clothing in medieval/renaissance times, noble's clothing materials in medieval times.
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