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Wives and Daughters

An Everyday Story

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Published: 1865
Language: English
Wordcount: 273,950 / 738 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 87.8
LoC Category: PR
Audiobook: www.archive.org
Downloads: 5,936
mnybks.net#: 2824

Follow the story of Molly Gibson, only daughter of a widowed doctor, as she lives in a provincial English town of the 1830s. The novel was first published as a serial and when Mrs Gaskell died suddenly in 1865, it was not quite complete, so the last section was written by Frederick Greenwood.

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; I never said she did not. I knew there was one visitor of the name of Browning; I never knew there were two, but, of course, as soon as Lord Cumnor heard there was another, he must needs ask her; so the carriage will have to go backwards and forwards four times now to fetch them all. So your daughter can come quite easily, Mr. Gibson, and I shall be very glad to see her for your sake. She can sit bodkin with the Brownings, I suppose? You'll arrange it all with them; and mind you get Nanny well up to her work next week.'

Just as Mr. Gibson was going away, Lady Cumnor called after him, 'Oh! by-the-bye, Clare is here; you remember Clare, don't you? She was a patient of yours, long ago.'

'Clare!' he repeated, in a bewildered tone.

'Don't you recollect her? Miss Clare, our old governess,' said Lady Agnes. 'About twelve or fourteen years ago, before Lady Cuxhaven was married.'

'Oh, yes!' said he. 'Miss Clare, who had the scarlet fever here; a very pretty delicate girl. But I thought she was married!'<

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2010.11.18
Hazel Pethig
*****

This is a great book. I tells the story of a teenage girl oppressed into stupidity by her overbearing father and her struggles to rise above it. She educated herself through books, and finds the love of her life. In the meantime she has to deal with an evil stepmother and insincere stepsister. A truly engaging book which presents a strong female character for the time.


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