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large portion of Victorian literature set in thecity paints an
picture of the urbansetting.
In Dickens Great Expectations
, when Pip first seesLondon:
The shameful place, Pip says, describingSmithfield,
being all asmear with filth and fat andblood and foam seemed to stick to me.
(Smithfield was an inner city meat market that killedcattle on site, and was later shut down for itsunsanitary behaviors.)