You spoke with the lady and master of the house today about Charlotte and George? You told them that there was a huge misunderstanding? You told them that George is actually interested in the maid, Charlotte, but doesn't know she's a maid?
Okay. Take a breath.
Yeah, and then the lady of the house started to freak out and screamed that Charlotte is a "fallen woman" and went right into the scullery room beside the kitchen where Charlotte was doing stuff and fired her. And I don't think she's ever been in there before. She thinks the whole thing is Charlotte's fault. She thinks Charlotte led George on. She doesn't know it was my idea. Charlotte didn't even tell her that.
Honestly, how can you be surprised? You were the matchmaker here. You didn't listen to me when I told you things are much different for young women in the 19th century. You shouldn't have tried to get Charlotte and George together at all. He's a young man in a much higher social class than Charlotte.
I just wanted her to be happy.
In the letter, he states only compassion and understanding for these young women, stating in part:
"If you have ever wished (I know you must have done so some time) for a chance of rising out of your sad life, and having friends, a quiet home, means of being useful to yourself and others, peace of mind, self-respect, everything you have lost, pray read it attentively and reflect upon it afterwards."
In Urania Cottage, the young women were schooled, attended church services and worked in the gardens.
In 1858, Dickens withdrew his involvement with Urania Cottage, although it had been beneficial. According to his summation, 50% of the young women went on to successful, moralistic lives.
And now you know.