I've now passed the 1000 word mark. I have to pull it all together now. I'm feeling a lot better about things than I did earlier, as I now have something I can hand in - so it won't be a washout.
I'm still not happy though. I don't think it's much good - and will be polishing away manfully at it.
I've come up with a few points that I'm quite pleased with - the language is a bit stilted and will need a major edit - but that comes later, once I've got the shape of the thing in place.
It's never going to be wonderful though - somehow I just cannot get worked up about Victorian Society. Now, if the essay had been about particle physics or the need for cryptography in society....