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The stigma of debt was one that was ingrained deep into the psyche of the Victorian people, and was a subject that popular writers such as Dickens and Gaskell returned to repeatedly in their novels.
The consequences of debt could be dire. The debtor’s home and assets could be seized, and in the early part of the Victorian era they could be thrown into Debtors’ prison – along with their wife and children – until they had paid what they owed. If they were unable to pay, they could declare bankruptcy but not before all their belongings and home had been taken.
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