Esoteric London

No. 201: Owen Street, EC1

Posted in Literary London, London Types by esotericlondon on December 6, 2010

Owen Street, London, EC1. Photo © Roger Dean 2010.

The Mysteries of London – George W.M. Reynolds, 1845:

London abounds with such precocious specimens of thorough heartlessness and worldly mindedness. The universities and great public schools let loose upon society every half year a cloud of young men, who think only how soon they can spend their own property in order to prey upon that of others. These are your “young men about town:” as they grow older they become “men upon the town.” In their former capacity they graduate in all the degrees of vice, dissipation, extravagance, and debauchery; and in the latter they become the tutors of the novices who are entering in their turn upon the road to ruin. The transition from the young man about town to the man upon the town is as natural as that of a chrysalis to a butterfly.

[ The Mysteries of London was a ‘penny dreadful’ begun by Reynolds in 1844. R.D.]

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