Verloc heard the words again in a ghostly fashion, and then the dreary shadow of the Belgravian
mansion descended upon her shoulders.
One may contemplate them, says Thackeray, 'with as much profit as the most elderly Belgravian
Venus or inveterate Mayfair Jezebel' (Pendennis, ch.
Granted, Winnie now "playfully" chortles that Verloc "loves her too much" to leave them, but her following "grave" and "motionless" seduction is accompanied by the coldness of a "glance of which the Winnie of the Belgravian
mansion days would have been incapable, because of her respectability and her ignorance" (186).
Though Winnie's married life is not necessarily typical of the married life of other Victorian women, the social constraints that limit her are typical; Winnie is concerned with fulfilling the terms of her marriage as a good wife and a respectable woman ("the respectable girl of the Belgravian
mansion, the loyal, respectable wife of Mr Verloc" (SA 289), and she tries to be a good daughter and sister, sacrificing her own love-match for the marriage that will ensure a home for Stevie.
In giving up her Belgravian
boarding house and moving to Brett Street she reasons that she has helped to secure her daughter's future.
They were intended for his invalid souls of the middle class and poor Belgravians
, but his beautiful hymns have been adopted by many denominations and are sung all over the English-speaking world.