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The Oceanides, Edited by Judith Pascoe
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Jewsbury’s death from cholera in India occurred two years after cholera had made its first appearance in England in 1831. The 1831-1832 cholera epidemic left 32,000 people dead in England, and many others debilitated. A familiar and devastating plague on the Indian subcontinent, the disease was newly and horrifyingly tangible to stay-at-home British citizens. Jewsbury’s death, if it followed the typical course of choleric contamination, would have occurred after a sickness lasting anywhere from a few hours to three days. Sufferers described being struck first by an unfamiliar delirium, followed by violent diarrhea that left them blackish blue and, in fully half of the cases, dead. See O’Connor 32-43.

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November 2003