In order to get some knowledge on the period the story was set in, I bought a DVD of “Amadeus”, the fictionalised account of the life of Mozart. I knew the periods were roughly the same, plus movie costume and set design is normally quite thorough in period dramas and I knew that would save me a lot of hassle. After all, why google images of fashions from the period when I can just watch a movie? I’m not so fastidious about the details in an adaptation like this, as long as it captures the essense of the time and doesn’t make any glaring errors.
So I extend my thanks to all set and costume designers for all their work on all movies. By putting so much effort into your work you are helping me shave a good hour or so off mine, and that’s important when one has to churn out 70 pages in 10 days.