Although we often imagine pre-industrial families all living together in one massive group, it can actually be really difficult for families in villages to stay together. A small farm can only support a few people, and villages didn’t need a whole family of blacksmiths. In pre-Victorian Britain, with no proper education system, it was hard to learn a different trade to your parents, so people had to go far and wide looking for jobs.
When industry reached Britain, and huge mills, factories and mines capable of employing hundreds of people opened, things changed. Suddenly, it was possible for the whole family to work in the same town and, with cramped conditions in cities, they tended to end up living in the same street or same house.
Far more people lived with distant relatives in 1850 than 1750, and indeed, the Industrial Revolution invented the good old British extended family as we know it.
(Source: “British Labour History 1815-1914” by E. H. Hunt)
Anonymous asked: Could you explain the pidgeys and the beedrills?
When two Pokémon who love each other very much (or, more accurately, when a Pokémon and a Ditto that you caught for this express purpose) are left alone in some weird old couple’s yard while you ride your bike in circles, an egg magically appears. The old man, who has seen this happen hundreds, possibly thousands of times in his life, has no idea what this egg is, or even really the concept of “eggs.”
The egg is then taken away from its parents, who could not possibly be bothered, and then put next to a Magmar that you have also caught for this express purpose, because nobody would ever want to battle with a butt-headed fire platypus while Charizard as available, and eventually it hatches into new life, such as a psychic cat, a horse that is on fire, or a ghost robot. It is the miracle of life.