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What year is this story supposed to be set in?


I have always wondered what the year is supposed to be for this story. Some clues I've noted are: 1) A review I read said "turn of the century". 2) Telephones were a thing (Choletti is shown using one). 3) No automobiles (Philippe has a horse-drawn carriage).

I have estimated 1895 as a reasonable year for this. Does that sound reasonable? Any ideas?

And another question I have: In this version, Christine's last name is spelled differently (Daee instead of Daae). Could this have been an attempt to make the character French instead of Swedish? (I suppose Daee would be the French form of the name...) Any ideas on that?

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