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Joanna Godden

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Published: 1921
Language: English
Wordcount: 114,449 / 328 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.4
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 565
Added to site: 2005.05.08
mnybks.net#: 10307
Origin: gutenberg.org

At last this author has turned her powers of analysis upon a woman. Rebecca West finds it far and away her best work and intensely absorbing. With a background of Sussex tradition Joanna must battle to prove herself, first as a farmer and later as a woman. She is a truly heroic figure with pathetic human limitations for which she suffers, accepting things as they are with no attempt to evade necessary hardship and suffering. A strong, vigorous story for readers who liked "Green Apple Harvest" and "Tamarisk Town."

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satisfactorily as you expect, you can always change it."

"Reckon I can," said Joanna, "but I shan't have to. Won't you take another whisky, Mr. Huxtable?"

The lawyer accepted. Joanna Godden's temper might be bad, but her whisky was good. He wondered if the one would make up for the other to Arthur Alce or whoever had married her by this time next year.


§3

Mr. Huxtable was not alone in his condemnation of Joanna's choice. The whole neighbourhood disapproved of it. The joint parishes of Brodnyx and Pedlinge had made up their minds that Joanna Godden would now be compelled to marry Arthur Alce and settle down to mind her own business instead of what was obviously a man's; and here she was, still at large and her business more a man's than ever.

"She's a mare that's never been präaperly broken in, and she wants a strong man to do it," said Furnese at the Woolpack. He had repeated this celebrated remark so often that it had almost acquired the status of a proverb. For three nights Joanna had b

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