Modern Living: Tivoli's Victorian Man

A time machine, as envisioned by H.G. Wells and other romantics, actually exists in the remote upstate New York hamlet of Tivoli (pop. 800). It is embodied in Lawrence Gilbert Broad-moore, 23, who has successfully propelled himself, not forward, but backward, into a proper Victorian environment. Totally rejecting contemporary values, mores, language and technology, Broadmoore is a self-made relic, a Thoreau in retreat from time.

Bachelor Broadmoore looks like a daguerreotype of Great-Grandpapa. Sporting a straw boater, spats, walking stick, wire-rimmed pince-nez, and suits copied from turn-of-the-century magazine illustrations, he uses a...

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