By Elizabeth Gaskell, Pam Morris
A tale of romance, scandal and intrigue in the confines of a watchful, gossiping English village through the early 19th century
When seventeen-year-old Molly Gibson's widowed father remarries, her existence is grew to become the other way up through the coming of her useless, manipulative stepfather. She additionally acquires an interesting new stepsister, Cynthia, glamorous, refined and impossible to resist to each guy she meets. the 2 ladies start to divulge heart's contents to each other and Molly quickly unearths herself a go-between in Cynthia's amorous affairs - yet in doing so hazards wasting either her personal attractiveness and the fellow she secretly loves. Set in English society sooner than the 1832 Reform invoice, Elizabeth Gaskell's final novel - thought of to be her best - demonstrates an clever and compassionate knowing of human relationships, and provides a witty, ironic critique of mid-Victorian society.
this article is predicated at the 1866 Cornhill journal model of the unconventional. it's also notes on textual editions among this variation and the unique manuscript, a observe at the story's finishing and an advent discussing the novel's tough research of issues of Englishness, Darwinism and masculine authority.
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