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You forget that this is Whitechapel. For all that we have done here, she is still the merciless bitch of the east. Whitechapel is life. In all its wild and rotten splendour. Beside it, the rest of the world seems a tomb. It is rotten and wild. It is heaving, and pitiless, and ignorantAnd yet I have seen nowhere to match it. It is our heartland, Bennet Drake. It is our life’s work, Edmund Reid.

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Favorite Semi-Fictional Characters 4/∞: Edmund Reid as portrayed by Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street)

You’ve seen Hampton. The promenade, the parasols, the polite conversation amidst the teacups. There is nothing of it that breathes. There is nothing of it that is alive and quick and stinking and bright. Whitechapel is life in all its wild and rotten splendor. Beside it, the rest of the world seems a tomb.