Introduction: 15 April 1776
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Anna Porter, the eighteen-year-old daughter of an English diplomat, was up by 5:00 a.m. on the morning of 15 April 1776. She had no choice, really. For an eighteenth-century lady, dressing well took time. One’s figure had to be contracted and enhanced in all the right places in order to show off fine clothes to their best advantage. So to be dressed properly, she had to allow herself plenty of time to put on the complicated essentials such as a whalebone corset, with its many laces to thread and tie.
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