Friday, August 1, 2008

Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves.

There's a story going around this week about a pair of Queen Victoria's underpants that have been sold at auction for $9,000.  Her somewhat surprising measurements have been bandied about, as has the fact that the garment is of the open-crotch style (quite the norm in her time).  Imagine, 107 years after your death, future humans internationally discussing the peculiarities of your underwear.  And posing in it.  

The portrait is by Franz Xavier Winterhalter, from a more dignified time.  The title of this post is something Victoria wrote in a letter to King Leopold of Belgium, in 1848.