Just an idle speculation: if you could meet one historical personality from the Victorian period with whom to raise a few glasses (and possibly break a few heads), whom would you choose? A hard question (if not completely silly) I know. Though one’s answer may vary with mood, I think spending an hour or two with Sir Richard Francis Burton would be very interesting (possibly in the sense of the old Chinese proverb…).
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, definitely.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson! I would tell him of a future where his works are studied by all sorts of people all over the world, including awkward undergraduates in a classroom that is way too chilly.
edited by Sestina Valdis on 10/10/2015
Tesla. Always Tesla. That guy was crazy but amazing at the same time. Best combination of qualities I can think of.
As you say a very tricky question, so I’m afraid it’s going to have to be a small dinner party. Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, Hector Hugh Munroe aka Saki, and Joseph Conrad. Although whether I’d be able to keep up with the conversation is a different matter.
Why has nobody mentioned Darwin?! Also, I second Tesla.