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by Elizabeth Gaskell

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The world of elizabeth gaskell and wives and daughters. Osborne ransacked the houses for flowers for her; Roger had chosen her out books of every kind.

The world of elizabeth gaskell and wives and daughters. The squire himself kept shaking her hand, without being able to speak his gratitude, till at last he had taken her in his arms, and kissed her as he would have done a daughter. Such a shabby thing for a duchess I never saw; not a bit of a diamond near her! They’re none of ’em worth looking at except the countess, and she’s always a personable woman, and not so lusty as she was.

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She had given her the place ofa daughter in her heart; and now she missed the sweet p, the playful caresses, the . Oh, he told me what books to read; and one day he made me notice howmany bees I saw-". Bees, child! What do you mean?

She had given her the place ofa daughter in her heart; and now she missed the sweet p, the playful caresses, the never-ceasing attentions;the very need of sympathy in her sorrows, that Molly had shown soopenly from time to time; all these things had extremely endeared herto the tender-hearted Mrs. Hamley. Bees, child! What do you mean?

Wives and Daughters: An Everyday Story was Elizabeth Gaskell's last book. It remained unfinished with her sudden death in 1865 while it was being serialized in the Cornhill magazine

Wives and Daughters: An Everyday Story was Elizabeth Gaskell's last book. It remained unfinished with her sudden death in 1865 while it was being serialized in the Cornhill magazine. The book was completed by journalist, Frederick Greenwood and the final section was published in 1866. Elizabeth Gaskell, or Mrs. Gaskell as she was better known, was a friend and biographer of Charlotte Bronte. She was also well known in her own right as a writer during the Victorian era. Her works offer deep insights into many strata of society of that time.

Wives and Daughters, An Every-Day Story is a novel by Elizabeth Gaskell, first published in the Cornhill Magazine as a serial from August 1864 to January 1866. It was partly written whilst Gaskell was staying with the salon hostess Mary Elizabeth Mohl at her home on the Rue de Bac in Paris. When Mrs Gaskell died suddenly in 1865, it was not quite complete, and the last section was written by Frederick Greenwood.

Wives and Daughters book. Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell spins this long leisurely tale with such attention to detail, characters, and dialogue that you feel transported to another time and place. And bittersweet it is. Death, blackmail, secret promises, undisclosed marriages, politics, scandal, the worry of money are ever present.

Wives and Daughters is a novel written by Elizabeth Gaskell. It was first published in series in the Cornhill Magazine from August 1864 to January 1866. This was the last book written by Elizabeth and was published after her death. Elizabeth had four daughters and a son, William, who died of scarlet fever very early. Her first novel Mary Barton was published anonymously in 1848.

Critics praised the novel's moral lessons but Gaskell's own congregation burned the book and it was banned in many libraries. In 1857, The Life of Charlotte Brontë was published. The biography was initially praised but angry protests came from some of the people it dealt with. Gaskell was against any biographical notice of her being written during her lifetime.

Gibson was slow in recovering her strength after the influenza, and before she was well enough to accept Lady Harriet’s invitation to the Towers, Cynthia came home from London.

Gibson was slow in recovering her strength after the influenza, and before she was well enough to accept Lady Harriet’s invitation to the Towers, Cynthia came home from London er manner of departure was scarcely as affectionate and considerate as it might have been,-if such a thought had crossed Molly’s fancy for an instant, she was repentant for it as soon as ever Cynthia returned, and the girls met together face to face, with all the old familiar affection, going upstairs to the drawing-room.

Elizabeth Gaskell's "Wives and Daughters" was originally published serially in "Cornhill Magazine" between August 1864 and January 1866. The work, which was left unfinished at the time of Gaskell's death in 1865, was completed by Frederick Greenwood. The novel is chiefly concerned with Molly Gibson, the only daughter of a widowed Doctor, who upon visiting the Hamleys of Hamley Hall finds a substitute for her mother in Mrs. Hamley. "Wives and Daughters" is a classic 19th century romantic novel that addresses the constraints imposed by society between individuals of professional versus aristocratic social classes. We see this in Molly's relationships with the Hamley family and, when her father remarries, with her relationship with her stepsister, Cynthia, who is more worldly and sophisticated.

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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Gaskell had a tremendous understanding of human nature and the psychology of various personality types. Some of her descriptions and the characters' dialogue reminded me of people I know. My favorite character was Lady Harriet, who seemed the most astute figure in my opinion. This book isn't for everyone. At over 600 pages, it is a commitment to read. Also the author died before finishing it, so some people feel it leaves them with an incomplete feeling. However, I was not disappointed by its ending. You can imagine the rest. Life isn't tidy and the lack of a neat bow on things did not matter to me. I particularly loved considering how the English language has evolved this this book was written. So much has stayed the same, yet the differences are quite intriguing. There is no problem understanding the content, thankfully.
Like all Victorian novels that began as magazine fiction, WIVES AND DAUGHTERS starts out slowly, introducing the large cast of characters, unraveling their duties and wonts, trading page-turner excitement for the drawn-out episodes that kept the monthly readers in high anticipation issue after issue for two years or more. Stick with it, and after a few hundred pages or so, the modern reader will become as enmeshed in the lives of Molly Gibson and Cynthia Kirkpatrick as she was in the lives of Downton Abbey's Matthew Crawley and Lady Mary Grantham.

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, referred to in her day as "Mrs. Gaskell," was a keen observer of human nature which, after all, hasn't changed much in the last century or two. Jealousy and pride are still the main villainous traits; sweetness and humility the heroic. Consequently, her writing radiates the empathy and compassion that drive her characters to behave like people everywhere. Despite the restrictions of the Victorian era, the human condition as captured by Mrs. Gaskell is timeless. Not a single character, no matter how minor, is superfluous, as each has his or her role to play, and each one plays it precisely, with no exaggeration or unnecessary sentimentality. We recognize these people as easily as if they existed today: "Doesn't Mrs. Gibson remind you of..." and so on.

It works. And it's fun. And, as you will see, it definitely leaves you begging for more.
As I expected, this book is written in the style and language of the 19th century. The author takes her time telling her tale and enjoys her characters, writing about each one at some length until you cannot help but get to know them well. Her descriptions of nature and the beauties of the small village in England paint pictures as lovely as a watercolor by a fine artist. Molly, the main character, is introduced in the first chapter and appears in almost every chapter thereafter. She is a sweet, innocent girl who loves and is loved by her physician father, a widower. In his love for his daughter and his desire to protect her innocence and good name, he takes it upon himself to marry a second wife who appears to have the qualities his motherless child needs. Unfortunately, he does not recognize that his new spouse, while not an unkind person, is a self-centered woman who thinks mostly of herself. Previously she has done her best to attach herself to a noble family as a governess and has neglected her own daughter who is about the same age as Molly. By the time we meet her, daughter Cynthia has become a charming beauty who brings a great number of complications to Molly's life, even though the two girls become loving friends. Cynthia also attracts many of the eligible men who are sought after for their noble lineage or prospects of inheritance. Molly falls in love with one of Cynthia's suitors. I expected to read this book slowly and savor the descriptions, but the plot soon had me rapidly turning page after page. It takes artistry to write about these very usual people and make their day-to-day activities engrossing. Elizabeth Gaskell had that skill. I would recommend this to people who like to read of gentle times among the upper and lower middle classes in the social stratum of the 19th century.
Gaskell's last novel is charmingly true to the conventions of its genre. That is, "It's the kind of thing you'd like if you liked that kind of thing." I do, and for me 19th century novels are escapism. I am always aware, though, of their whiteness and prejudices; their support and glamorization of the class system that is only tangentially critiqued; and the unapologetic insistence on a maidenly reputation as women's chief valuation. All that said, imagining oneself to be a pampered lady of leisure in a gorgeous, unspoiled countryside -- well, there are worse ways to spent your free time. And Gaskell is one of the best purveyors of that very old-school reading experience.
Although I am fairly a new reader of classic literature this is perhaps the finest work I have read thus far written during the Victorian era. Mrs. Gaskill takes the reader on a journey with characters from all forms of society and their interactions in different scenarios and their reactions to events. I found the novel hard to take a break from as well as not wanting it to end. The novel itself is a lengthy one and only ended prematurely due to the sudden death of the author. Even though it's not a finished work, her plans for the ending were made known and are included at the end of the novel so the reader is not left in the lurch scratching their head. I would highly recommend this novel as one of the best examples of English literature and social history of the 19th century
Wives and Daughters download epub
Genre Fiction
Author: Elizabeth Gaskell
ISBN: 1420931849
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Digireads.com (January 1, 2008)
Pages: 404 pages