Anna of the Five Towns

Author: Arnold Bennett
Published: 1902
Language: English
Wordcount: 75,396 / 212 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 56.3
LoC Category: PR
Series: Five Towns
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d of eyebrows. 'Money 'll do owt': that was the proverb. But she cared not. She had the just and unshakable self-esteem which is fundamental in all strong and righteous natures; and she knew beyond the possibility of doubt that, though Mynors might have no incurable aversion to a fortune, she herself, the spirit and body of her, had been the sole awakener of his desire.

By a common instinct, Mynors and Anna made little Agnes the centre of attraction. Mynors continued to tease her, and Agnes growing courageous, began to retort. She was now walking between them, and the other two smiled to each other at the child's sayings over her head, interchanging thus messages too subtle and delicate for the coarse medium of words.

As they approached the Park the bandstand came into sight over the railway cutting, and they could hear the music of 'The Emperor's Hymn.' The crude, brazen sounds were tempered in their passage through the warm, still air, and fell gently on the ear in soft waves, quickening every

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Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
2009.03.22
Gilmartin
****.

This book starts very slowly and takes a bit of time to get into. The character of Anna develops and grows and the reader grows to like her and feel for her in a very natural and unforced way.

The setting is a time, now gone forever, of the growth of the middle classes in industrial mid-England, the potteries of a mythical (though realistic) Derbyshire, a God-fearing people.

A romance, of sorts. Touching, sad and evocative.


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