By B. Anne Wood
Utilizing the journals of W. Norman Rudolf (1835-1886), a Victorian service provider, Evangelical stability Sheet: personality, relatives, and company in Mid-Victorian Nova Scotia explores the real function of personality beliefs and evangelicalism in mid-Victorian tradition. Rudolf’s diary, with its day-by-day climate observations, its account of relations concerns, of social and enterprise happenings, and of his personal reviews, in addition to occasional literary or naturalistic forays, makes an attempt to persist with a disciplined regime of writing, but additionally has components of a Bildungsroman. The diary unearths an visible and critical pressure among his internal, religious look for which means in his lifestyles (evangelical inwardness) and his outward stewardship tasks. Rudolf’s proposal of personality, then, concerned a kind of stability sheet of his evangelical carrier list, to his God, his relatives, his company, and his group. desiring God’s support to remodel his will and to interpret the area in a optimistic, rational demeanour, the underlying purpose of his day-by-day magazine writing was once to maintain his dedication to an ethic of benevolence and of the confirmation of the goodness of humans. wooden elucidates the cultivation of civic-minded masculinity within the context of Victorian Maritime Canada, studying the a number of elements of the nature perfect and emphasizing its very important position in Victorians’ knowing in their existence reports. within the strategy wooden unearths many underlying assumptions approximately social swap and approximately civic discourse. The e-book additionally describes how the super monetary upheavals skilled through many marketers within the overdue 1860s to Eighties tempered their evangelical zeal and made it more and more tough for them to accomplish a balanced and humane point of view all alone lives. Evangelical stability Sheet will entice a huge viewers drawn to social heritage, imperial experiences, gender reviews (especially altering rules of masculinity and manhood), Atlantic Canada experiences, and native heritage of the Pictou area.
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Rudolf ’s rational distinctions and character boundaries were idealistic but not fixed. As with many aspects of Victorian culture at midcentury, the notion of ideal character was transitional and its parameters subject to change, based on one’s life experience. CHAPTER 2 Private Character V ictorian men made a distinction between public and private character. The former was frequently debated in public discourse, the latter often implied in more private journal writings. The Victorian family became the major venue for the development of the individuated self; here, young males, especially the eldest in the family, learned their roles and began to feel their identity as head of household.
That is why her sons tried to help pay off the mortgage on her home and why Rudolf at times speculated on having her move to Pictou. Both Anna and her daughter, Louisa, frequently came to help Norman and Cassie look after their young children, and Cassie considered it her duty to care for her parents. Extended kinship support systems continued to be vitally important in communities lacking public provision for health and welfare, particularly within the private domain of the family. Its collectivity was 21 22 PRIVATE CHARACTER more important than a bourgeois person’s supposed individuality.
Insight can be gleaned by a glimpse of his friend, Mary Fox. When Norman Rudolf first arrived in Pictou in 1853, he boarded at Mrs. George Smith’s. She was the widow of a Scottish timber merchant and shipbuilder who in 1819 was elected member of the General Assembly for Halifax County and held this post for nineteen years. In 1838, Smith was appointed to the Legislative Council. 1 While Rudolf gave few details of his bachelor years, one perceptive character sketch was included in his journal. It marked the passing of one of his fellow boarders at Mrs.