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4th Aug '17 11:20:35 AM angie710
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The epitome of the fragile, delicate woman is the IllGirl -- AlwaysFemale, [[NatureAdoresAVirgin always innocent]] [[ChasteHero and pure]], always dying of some disease that is very slow at actually killing her. As she lies enthroned in her beautiful sickroom, everyone around her spends countless hours musing poignantly on her death and/or trying to surround her with the things she loved most in life. Her proximity to the eternal gives her immense wisdom and insight, and she will be a neverending source of advice and comfort to her caretakers, to the point where it's hard to tell who is comforting whom. Even when her weakness becomes so great that she can barely move, [[InspirationallyDisadvantaged she will never succumb to anger, despair, or frustration.]] When at last she slips the surly bonds of Earth to touch the face of God, those around her (one of them likely [[DiedInYourArmsTonight holding her frail form in his arms]]) will smile through their tears and [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth rejoice that her pure soul has taken its flight from this dirty world]]. Gag.

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The epitome of the fragile, delicate woman is the IllGirl -- AlwaysFemale, [[NatureAdoresAVirgin always innocent]] [[ChasteHero and pure]], almost always young [[note]] (usually in her teens or twenties, someone you wouldn't ''expect'' to be terminally ill)[[/note]], always dying of some disease that is very slow at actually killing her. As she lies enthroned in her beautiful sickroom, everyone around her spends countless hours musing poignantly on her death and/or trying to surround her with the things she loved most in life. Her proximity to the eternal gives her immense wisdom and insight, and she will be a neverending source of advice and comfort to her caretakers, to the point where it's hard to tell who is comforting whom. Even when her weakness becomes so great that she can barely move, [[InspirationallyDisadvantaged she will never succumb to anger, despair, or frustration.]] When at last she slips the surly bonds of Earth to touch the face of God, those around her (one of them likely [[DiedInYourArmsTonight holding her frail form in his arms]]) will smile through their tears and [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth rejoice that her pure soul has taken its flight from this dirty world]]. Gag.
21st May '17 11:33:30 AM nombretomado
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If you're the star of a [[VictorianBritain Victorian Novel]] or an opera which could have been adapted from one, you're preferably [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold blonde]] and [[InnocentBlueEyes blue-eyed]], [[PurpleProse with an alabaster brow and feet light as the entrance of Spring]]. So [[IncorruptiblePurePureness pure]] are your thoughts that you faint at even the ''sight'' of blood, and have little stomach for gory tales.

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If you're the star of a [[VictorianBritain [[UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain Victorian Novel]] or an opera which could have been adapted from one, you're preferably [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold blonde]] and [[InnocentBlueEyes blue-eyed]], [[PurpleProse with an alabaster brow and feet light as the entrance of Spring]]. So [[IncorruptiblePurePureness pure]] are your thoughts that you faint at even the ''sight'' of blood, and have little stomach for gory tales.
28th Feb '17 3:46:22 PM john_e
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* One one-scene character in ''{{Sharpe}}'s Regiment'' is a streetwalker by the name of Belle, who's got terminal tuberculosis. Sharpe spots the symptoms straight away.

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* One one-scene character in ''{{Sharpe}}'s ''Literature/{{Sharpe}}'s Regiment'' is a streetwalker by the name of Belle, who's got terminal tuberculosis. Sharpe spots the symptoms straight away.
18th Feb '17 5:45:08 PM GojiBiscuits
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When suffering from Victorian Novel Disease, you can expect to meet plenty of people OopNorth or [[FunetikAksent from Zummerzet]], who will probably end up teaching you a thing or two about class, life in the mills or in the countryside, and how to love someone for real, amongst numerous other lessons. That is, when they ''aren't dying of [=VND=] themselves''.
9th Jan '17 3:29:38 AM Anddrix
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* ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'' contains an absolutely textbook example of both this and TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth in the person of little Eva St. Clare. Fortunately, it drops in plenty of [[AnvilsThatNeededToBeDropped general tips]] about education, evangelism and (of course) equality along the way.

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* ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'' contains an absolutely textbook example of both this and TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth in the person of little Eva St. Clare. Fortunately, it drops in plenty of [[AnvilsThatNeededToBeDropped general tips]] tips about education, evangelism and (of course) equality along the way.
5th Dec '16 11:19:13 AM Luc
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** The Holmes canon has a couple of cases of "brain fever", usually brought on by severe stress, which reads to the modern reader as a much more scientific version of this. (Both Doyle (in RealLife) and Watson (in the story) were Doctors, and as such, not likely to tolerate the usual version of this trope, with such a vague diagnosis and such a vague cause--but brain fever was an actual, contemporary diagnosis made by actual doctors, and still is, under the more specific headings of "Encephalitis", "Meningitis", "Cerebritis", Scarlet Fever, and, as in the case of the brain fever in ''The Naval Treaty'', possibly "stress-induced psychotic break".)
12th Nov '16 3:57:52 PM Pamina
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* ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'' contains an absolutely textbook example of both this and TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth. Fortunately, it drops in plenty of [[AnvilsThatNeededToBeDropped general tips]] about education, evangelism and (of course) equality along the way.

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* ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'' contains an absolutely textbook example of both this and TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth.TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth in the person of little Eva St. Clare. Fortunately, it drops in plenty of [[AnvilsThatNeededToBeDropped general tips]] about education, evangelism and (of course) equality along the way.
12th Nov '16 2:55:06 PM Pamina
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* The real Marie Duplessis died of tuberculosis, and her last two lovers stayed with her til the end.

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* The real Marie Duplessis died Duplessis, the famous French courtesan who inspired ''La dame aux camelias'' and by extension ''Theatre/LaTraviata'', really did die of tuberculosis, and her last two lovers stayed with her til the end.
4th Nov '16 9:38:28 AM Wyvern76
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* In ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', Irene dies from "a rare form of tuberculosis", due to Moriarty poisoning her tea.

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* In ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', Irene [[spoiler:Irene]] dies from "a rare form of tuberculosis", due to Moriarty poisoning her tea.
13th Oct '16 12:53:00 PM Dracis
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* In ''Webcomic/NextTownOver'', Markus [[http://squidbunnies.com/nto/?p=326 thinks]] that Vane Black looks faint and pale and might have consumption. Given her previously revealed antics, this is improbable.


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* In ''Webcomic/NextTownOver'', Markus [[http://squidbunnies.com/nto/?p=326 thinks]] that Vane Black looks faint and pale and might have consumption. Given her previously revealed antics, this is improbable.
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