The Moorland Cottage

The Moorland Cottage

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The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell

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1850

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ge, and with a higher pitched voice than common. Edward, in all his Sunday glory, was standing by Mr Buxton, looking happy and conscious. But when Maggie came in, Mr Buxton made room for her between Edward and himself, and, while he went on talking, lifted her on to his knee. She sat there as on a pinnacle of honour; but as she durst not nestle up to him, a chair would have been the more comfortable seat.

'As founder's line, I have a right of presentation; and for my dear old friend's sake' (here Mrs Browne wiped her eyes), 'I am truly glad of it; my young friend will have a little form of examination to go through; and then we shall see him carrying every prize before him, I have no doubt. Thank you, --just a little of your sparkling cowslip wine. Ah! this gingerbread is like the gingerbread I had when I was a boy. My little lady here must learn the receipt, and make me some. Will she?'

'Speak to Mr Buxton, child, who is kind to your brother. You will make him some gingerbread, I am sure.'

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Gaskell's gift for description fills this book, but the plot is a sorry one. Young Maggie Browne grows up unappreciated and put upon by her peevish mother and selfish brother, yet remaining sweet, unspoiled and loving to them. She and the local squire's son fall in love, to his ambitious father's dismay. Then, Maggie must make a devastating choice between her brother and her lover.