The Odd Women

Author: George Gissing
Published: 1892
Language: English
Wordcount: 141,467 / 401 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 63.1
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,658
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ix daughters, had fulfilled her function in this wonderful world; for two years she had been resting in the old churchyard that looks upon the Severn sea. Father and daughter sighed as they recalled her memory. A sweet, calm, unpretending woman; admirable in the domesticities; in speech and thought distinguished by a native refinement, which in the most fastidious eyes would have established her claim to the title of lady. She had known but little repose, and secret anxieties told upon her countenance long before the final collapse of health.

'And yet,' pursued the doctor--doctor only by courtesy--when he had stooped to pluck and examine a flower, 'I made a point of never discussing these matters with her. As no doubt you guess, life has been rather an uphill journey with us. But the home must be guarded against sordid cares to the last possible moment; nothing upsets me more than the sight of those poor homes where wife and children are obliged to talk from morning to night of how the sorry earnings shall

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Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
2012.09.27
Susan
****.

Surprisingly good and relatively free from the usual sexist, antisemitic, racist comments common to this period of writing. Deals intelligently with the lives of several women caught between convention, lack of education/training and self realization in the late 19th century.


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