Research for being a wealthy young lady in 1920's Venice?
April 21, 2014 12:20 PM Subscribe
So I'm joining a Call of Cthulhu game, and my character, assigned by the GM, is that of a young lady (age 20), who is from one of the wealthy families of Venice, in the 1920's. She is educated and capable but nothing was expected of her except to marry well and produce children. But the sudden death of her father has thrown her life into turmoil. Are there any good books or movies I can watch that feature this type of woman in this time and place?
posted by The otter lady to Society & Culture (13 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
There are questions I have, that the GM has said "you can decide that, because it doesn't matter for the story"-- but it does matter to me, to help figure out who this woman is, where she's come from, what kind of things she can do, and how she'll respond when tentacled horrors start coming out of the walls. So I want to decide, like, "how did her family make their money?" (because being the child of a financier is going to be different than being the child of an art smuggler or a vintner) Where did she go to school? Where did she travel? Can she ride a horse? Drive a car? Shoot a shotgun? I assume she's Catholic, but how devout? What kinds of experiences might she have had, and what is her day-to-day life like?
A good book on just general life for the wealthy in 1920's Venice would be fine, but a story would also be welcome; bonus points if it's actually an enjoyable book or film!