The Wonder begins as a nurse, Mrs. Elizabeth “Lib” Wright, travels to a tiny village in the remote “dead centre” of Ireland in the 1860s. Lib, who describes herself as a widow, is one of the legion of female British volunteers who responded, some years earlier, to Florence Nightingale’s call to join her in Crimea, to care for wounded and dying British soldiers during the Crimean War. That harsh novitiate—compounded of the horrors of the battlefield and Nightingale’s relentlessly strict oversight—changed Lib’s life. Her training has made her, in the middle of the Victorian era, a new sort of woman: professional, in control of her emotions, knowledgeable, scientific. What happens to her in Ireland will remake her again.
For about six hours on Wednesday morning, the internet was abuzz with news that Yelp was hitting South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker with a $10 million libel lawsuit. The show’s most recent episode, “You’re Not Yelping,” had been a satirical takedown of amateur food critics who bully restaurants on the review site. The story exploded on social media, topped Google News and was even picked up by some major publications (not to name any names). Problem was, no lawsuit ever existed.