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Castle Rackrent

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Author: Maria Edgeworth
Published: 1800
Language: English
Wordcount: 45,432 / 127 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 64.9
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 2,710 2449

With an Introduction by Anne Thackeray Ritchie

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en there before in some other phase of existence.

It is certainly a tradition in the family to welcome travellers! I thought of the various memoirs I had read, of the travellers arriving from the North and the South and the West; of Scott and Lockhart, of Pictet, of the Ticknors, of the many visitants who had come up in turn; whether it is the year 14, or the year 94, the hospitable doors open kindly to admit them. There were the French windows reaching to the ground, through which Maria used to pass on her way to gather her roses; there was the porch where Walter Scott had stood; there grew the quaint old-fashioned bushes with the great pink peonies in flower, by those railings which still divide the park from the meadows beyond; there spread the branches of the century-old trees. Only last winter they told us the storms came and swept away a grove of Beeches that were known in all the country round, but how much of shade, of flower, still remain! The noble Hawthorn of stately growth, the pine-trees (

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 2 reviews: ****
Edward Weiss

Witty early novel.


A rambling, amusing story of Irish nobility and village life. The book is said to have inspired Sir Walter Scott.



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