Cousin Phillis

Cousin Phillis

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Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell

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1863

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ew master (who was under some obligations to my father for a suggestion), and next to take me to call on the Independent minister of the little congregation at Eltham. And then he left me; and though sorry to part with him, I now began to taste with relish the pleasure of being my own master. I unpacked the hamper that my mother had provided me with, and smelt the pots of preserve with all the delight of a possessor who might break into their contents at any time he pleased. I handled and weighed in my fancy the home-cured ham, which seemed to promise me interminable feasts; and, above all, there was the fine savour of knowing that I might eat of these dainties when I liked, at my sole will, not dependent on the pleasure of any one else, however indulgent. I stowed my eatables away in the little corner cupboard--that room was all corners, and everything was placed in a corner, the fire-place, the window, the cupboard; I myself seemed to be the only thing in the middle, and there was hardly room for me. The ta

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An innocent young woman awakens to love and heartbreak in this beautifully written novella. Yet for all Gaskell's craft, the devastation seems far greater than its cause ought to warrant, especially in a girl reared as this one is supposed to have been. Rosalind was smarter: "Men have died from time to time and worms have eaten them, but not for love."