I've coughed so much and so hard that my abs are now in active pain. I wonder if this can be considered, like, Victorian crunches.
In which case, it seems like a shame that they had all this inadvertent ab exercise going on, but no chance to show off their newly toned musculature in bikinis. On the other hand, though, there's no place to keep pristine white handkerchiefs in a bikini,* so what do you do about coughing up blood?
I can only conclude that the problem of consumptive aerobics with regard to bikinis in the Victorian era is an extremely complex one, the ultimate ramifications of which are beyond the scope of this