Thanks to Google's digitisation of the Bodleian Library, I've just found this 1868 tome by the writer J. Hain Friswell. It's the first of two volumes of stories that are inspired by the windows of different types of people. I particularly like the opening paragraph of the The Window With The Blind Down, as it alludes to the conclusions we draw from the appearance of people's windows:
There is a window with "the blind down" over the way in our street, and for some time the maid-servants have been divided in their opinion as to whether a rich old gentleman has just died, or a poor young gentleman has just been born.
Brilliant stuff.

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