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...his daughter who died of Pale Complexion Disease That Does Not Compromise Attractiveness...''
— Blogger marionettasusette, describing a character

You'd have to pay me to sleep with the Dame Aux Camélias.
Pierre Auguste Renoir, Renoir, My Father

"Pretty people with terminal illnesses."

In Victorian romance novels, female characters had a tendency to get sick all the time. Tuberculosis was the main culprit because it made your character "pale and weak with a tendency towards falling luxuriously onto nearby furniture" so Lucy catching Victorian fainting lady disease wouldn't have raised to many eyebrows at the time.

Consumption: 1. A disease that is supposed to affect operatic sopranos in the role of Mimi in Puccini's La Bohème. The audience is forced to accept that a 200-pound woman who sings for four hours is wasting away.
'David W. Barber and Dave Donald, A Musician's Dictionary''