White Settler / Big City: Mimicry in the Metropolis in Fergus Hume’s The Mystery of a Hansom Cab
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This essay discusses Fergus Hume's 19th-century detective novel "The Mystery of a Hansom Cab." The primary focus is on the novel's setting, which features descriptions of British colonialism in Australia and New Zealand. The imagery of a frontier wilderness inhabited by scandalous adventurers, vicious convicts and corrupt rich people is discussed.