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The back of an awesome Dollymop ensemble by Kalico Delafey. I looove the way the jacket lines follow the curves of the corset and really emphasize the points. They hug the body so well and still show off the corset. Not pictured is the front, which fastens with four rows of Petersham ribbons tied in bows, but is still mostly open to show the body of the corset.

I can’t wait to get a cute little black and purple jacket like this to go with my corset and an asymmetric skirt to match!

Shadowhunter economics
strwblssy said:Hi Cassie! I love your books so much that I’ve read them (especially TMI and TID!) for countless times now. I’m just curious, do shadowhunters have their own currency? Where do they get mundane money? And how do they earn for a living?

Some Shadowhunters hold positions within the Clave or run Institutes, and they are compensated in varying amounts for this work. Others live off spoils (treasure) from the demons they kill, or the fortunes their ancestors made killing demons. They stay pretty much completely separate from the Mundane economy.

Shadowhunters don’t have their own currency. They have credits that can be drawn against, or use almost any worldcurrency.
The Nephilim acquire mundane currency in a few different ways. They have access to it via co-existence with humans all over the world. In a tight spot they could sell valuables at a pawn shop or flea market in whatever region they need currency for, like Jocelyn does in City of Bones:

“She showed me the amulet she had taken from the pile of bones; in the flea market at Clignancourt she sold it, and with that money purchased an airplane ticket.” (396)

Mundane institutions  tithe to the Nephilim, as Will and Jem reveal in Clockwork Prince:

They were in a large stone-bound room with vaulted ceilings. The floor appeared to be brick, and there was an altar at one end of the room. “We’re in the Pyx Chamber,” he said. “Used to be a treasury. Boxes of gold and silver all along the walls.”
“A Shadowhunter treasury?” Tessa was thoroughly puzzled.
“No, the British royal treasury—thus the thick walls and doors,” said Jem. “But we Shadowhunters have always had access.” He smiled at her expression. “Monarchies down through the ages have tithed to the Nephilim, in secret, to keep their kingdoms safe from demons.”
“Not in America,” said Tessa with spirit. “We haven’t got a monarchy—”
“You’ve got a branch of government that deals with Nephilim, never fear,” said Will, crossing the floor to the altar. “It used to be the Department of War, but now there’s a branch of the Department of Justice—” (13) And of course, there is the dark world of spoils. From the Codex: And from the Codex:

The term “spoils” refers to the taking of the possessions and
wealth of a Downworlder as part of the punishment for a crime.
Typically these spoils are forfeited to the Shadowhunter who
has been wronged by the Downworlder. Or the spoils are forfeited
to the Clave’s treasury if no specific Shadowhunter seems
the proper recipient. In practice, however, Downworlders’ spoils
have almost always ended up in the hands of individual Shadowhunter
families. In fact, for many old wealthy Shadowhunter
families, a goodly portion of their prosperity originates in spoils
granted by the Clave.targaryenjolras said: Hi Cassie! I love your books, and in my history class we have been learning about the Industrial Revolution. And, as I tend to do, I have been connecting what I learn with books I’ve read. So, I learned that during the 1870’s there was a terrible economic depression. Were the characters in TID (or any Shadowhunters in general really) affected by this? Were they so detached from mundane society that even a huge event like this would be mainly ignored? Were Downworlders affected as well? Thanks!

Shadowhunters stay pretty much completely separate from the Mundane economy, so they wouldn’t generally have been affected. Downworlders who have more dealings with humans would have experienced the economic problems to varying degrees, depending on the nature of their involvement. This particular economic downturn didn’t affect the characters in TID in a direct way, though they did encounter background characters (like Emma Bayliss) who were living in extreme poverty.

CP pages 187-188:
The air seemed thick and greasy with coal dust and fog, and the streets were lined with people. Filthy, dressed in rags, they slumped against the walls of tipsy-looking buildings, their eyes watching the carriage go by like hungry
dogs following the progress of a bone. Tessa saw a woman wrapped in a shawl, a basket of flowers drooping from
one hand, a baby folded into a corner of the shawl propped against her shoulder. Its eyes were closed, its skin as
pale as curd; it looked sick, or dead. Barefoot children, as dirty as homeless cats, played together in the streets;
women sat leaning against one another on the stoops of buildings, obviously drunk. The men were worst of all, slumped against the sides of houses, dressed in dirty, patched topcoats and hats, the looks of hopelessness on their faces like etchings on gravestones….
Tessa thought of the thick paper pasted over the cracks in the windowpanes in her New York apartment. But at least she had had a bedroom, a place to lie down, and Aunt Harriet to make her hot soup or tea over the small range. She had been lucky.


Q: Is Glory at least a bit useful? If she lives with you. I mean… Like cooking, cleaning or anything elase? Or does she do nothing but slack off? 

A: Whelp, ‘er main concern is so my and Chains dongs won’t itch


Other than that there’re not many other uses for a dollymop, helps a little here and there and fine

What else can you ask for?