Wives and Daughters [Free Read] ☆ Elizabeth Gaskell
Copperhead eEd writings in which research is stuck in clumps that cause theye to start skidding down the page Usually because these dumps of detail are neutral in affect they don t serve the story so much as How To Cook Bouillabaisse In 37 Easy Steps exist parallel to it Miss Hornblower was going to travel by railroad for the first time and Sally was very anxious and sent her directions for her conduct one piece of advice was not to sit on the boilerand looking with admiringyes at a large miniature set round with pearls which served as a shield to Miss Phoebe s breast It is handsome that lady replied It is a likeness of my dear mother Sally has got my father on The miniatures were both taken at the same time and just about then my uncle died and left us a legacy of fifty pounds which we agreed to spend on the setting of our miniatures But because they are so valuable Sally always keeps them locked up with the best silver and hides the box somewhere she will never tell me where because she says I ve such weak nerves and that if a burglar with a loaded pistol at my head were to ask me where we kept our plate and jewels I should be sure to tell him Then there are the wonderful details of psychological observations in this case through image If Molly had not been so Video Game Addiction Worldwide entirely loyal to her friend she might have thought this constant brilliancy a little tiresome when brought intoveryday life it was not the sunshiny rest of a placid lake it was rather the glitter of the pieces of a broken mirror which confuses and bewildersThe second thing that struck me on this reading was just how much Gaskell manages in a completely g rated novel centered around the reuired good heroine to House Of Stone explore the delights and the dangers of sexual attractionI ve often thought that many of the great novels of the nineteenth century are not justxaminations of relations between men and women but dialogues between the great writers on that subject Trollope for Blood Magic example seems determined to prove parallel to Or in spite of the powerful writings of the Brontes and Elliott from the woman s POV that once a woman falls in love that s it She becomes shopworn goods if she falls out of love and the acute observer can actually perceive this diminishment The problem he never uite honestly addresses is that the young woman who has been properly raised in ignorancexcuse me innocent purity has no idea what love Gotcha even is at best she might feel the uick flutter of attraction and thenjoyment of attention She loves his compliment on her new gown without any notion that he wants to rip it off of herGaskell in this book manages to make it clear for those with the Crayon Shinchan Vol 37 experience to recognize the signals that innocent maidenhood is in fact a danger to the maiden howevermuch the man likes control And he doesn t always win herither We get hints about Mr Preston being a bit of a rake he is cruel in his very soul tigerish with his beautiful striped skin and relentless heart having a Past and his obsession with Cynthia is replete with his promises that if he can get her to wife he can make her love him Right Married readers knew what that meant An English Commentary On The Rhesus Medea Hippolytus Alcestis Heraclidae Supplices And Troades Of Euripides even if young readers thought it a pretty sentimentMarriages in this novel are made between well meaning people who have nothing in common such as the Hamleys both wanting to do right by the other but never understanding them until one of them dwindles and dies This is a theme that Jane Austenxplored and Gaskell picks up Austen suffices with dry wit and satire Gaskell uses comedy to wonderful Love Was Never Mine effect but she writes as a mother with compassion and insight into both sides Molly makes reference to fearing that being good means being like a candle snuffed out Osborne is bewildered because he married a good woman one he loves but he cannot broach the invisible wall of rank to tell his beloved father The doctor for all his sharp observation hooks up with a woman who slowly and relentlessly drives him out of the house with her continuous selfish pettiness Roger Hamley the other scientificye falls before a pretty face without Reflections On Behaviorism And Society ever penetrating behind that pleasing manner until he finds himself dumped In this book the cost of innocent purity goes both ways it s not just females as victims and men as predators But men have the option of movement andxperience on their side the hemmed in woman does not so who can blame Lady Harriet for not wanting to risk the comfortable life of a single woman for the dangerous waters of marriage Review on second readingI have no words for how much I love this book and how thoroughly impressed I was on this reread It is an incredible beautiful poignant subtle novel and an absolute must readReview on third readingI have to say this is fast becoming one of my absolute favourite novels of all time What a book MY HEART HURTSWHY DID THIS BOOK HAVE TO END Why has it taken me so long to finally read this wonderful novel I bought the Penguin Designing Disney edition when I was in my 20s read a page or two put it down and didn t pick it up again The book sat on my shelf for years For all I know it could be there still However after university I went right off Victorian literature and it s only been in the last twelve months or so that I ve felt the desire to tackle it again And now I ve fallen in love with Elizabeth Gaskell s writing In brief the novel is set in the English Midlands in the 1830s and focuses on Molly Gibson who lives in a small town with her widowed father the local medical practitioner Concerned to acuire an appropriate chaperone and guide for his teenage daughter Mr Gibson re marries the vain self a To begin with the old rigmarole of childhood In a country there was a shire and in that shire there was a town and in that town there was a house and in that house there was a room and in that room there was a bed and in that bed there lay a little girl Wives and Daughters reads like a fairytale and we are immediatelynchanted by its gentle charm Stepmother prince villain woods a ball castle climbing roses birds and beasts It s all there However the stepmother is not vil just
#annoying and shallow #and shallow prince is but a suire the villain merely ungentlemanly The woods is a friendly lesson in botany the ball disappointing the castle ntailed its timber rotting Roses get tossed into the fire It is Mr Preston said she in answer to Molly I shall not dance with him and here go his flowers Into the very middle of the mbers which she immediately stirred down upon the beautiful shrivelling petals as if she wished to annihilate them as soon
AS POSSIBLE ELIZABETH CLEGHORN GASKELL SPINS THIS LONG LEISURELYpossible Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell spins this long leisurely 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 ver present Her wicked characters are presented with Oh Brother Oh Sister enough sympathy that younjoy them as much as the good ones Take Hyacinth Gibson for xample she corresponds somewhat to Mrs Bennet in Pride and Prejudice Austen totally denied all sympathy to tedious Mrs Bennet but Gaskell makes sure we see Hyacinth as a person selfish and shallow but
not uninteresting and not incapable of sincere kindnessAnd the good characters are flawed sometimes you are not certain to which sideuninteresting and not incapable of sincere kindnessAnd the good characters are flawed sometimes you are not certain to which side ll land Or where you ll land given the xasperating ualities some of them have There is mystery too given to these people hints dropped about things that are not revealed by the authorI am completely in love with Wives and Daughters so take my 5 stars you pretty little thing. Ng rejection than this of the Victorian male assumption of moral authority' writes Pam Morris in her introduction to this new dition in which she xplores the novel's main themes – the role of women Darwinism and the concept of Englishness – and its literary and social context. ,
455 stars This book was really really good I Henri Cartier Bresson even think it was better than North South by the same author which seems to be a lot of people s favourite What I love the most about this story is the characters which are so distinct and different fromach other but all yet so lovable I loved how Elizabeth Gaskell has created such a variety of characters that you can t help but love The Extremely Unfortunate Skull Valley Incident even though some of them are definitely meant to be annoying and impertinent a new word that I learned when reading this story I was rooting forveryone of them and Grace Happens especially Molly and the Hamley brothers I also really like how Elizabeth Gaskell plays with your mind and makes you think that something really bad is going to happen and then it turns out to be uitexaggerated While I would have loved for a big twist to set in I also very much appreciated how the story turned out Molly is a little bit too naive and weak at times which is one of the reasons why this book is not a 5 star read for me but in the Beyond All Reason end I can t really put my finger on anything bad about this story Despite its 766 pages Gaskell keeps it fresh andntertaining throughout and I loved it for that Whilst Wives and Daughters isn t my favourite Elizabeth Gaskell I loved the insight in to 19th century domestic life How To Tempt A Tycoon Savage Tales 5 Invitation To Eden 24 especially the customs relationships and descriptions of rural livingOur heroine Molly Gibson is unassuming and uiet yet has an inner steely determination and steadfast values that I really appreciated All the characters in fact feel like they have been drawn from life and I particularlynjoyed the way that Mrs Gibson was characterised she was highly irritating in places yet I couldn t help but like her I believe I would have felt positively about Wives and Daughters if the plot had been tighter in places and not so rambling but I also appreciate that it was published posthumously and so possibly not revised to Gaskell s usual standards I ll definitely be revisiting this Secrets In The Fire especially as it is so revealing about the way in which people lived which I always love reading about Give me the mundane details any day they re always the best Do you like fairy tales Well Gaskell certainly did To begin with the old rigmarole of childhood In a country there was a shire and in that shire there was a town and in that town there was a house and in that house there was a room and in that room there was a bed and in that bed there lay a little girl wide awake and longing to get up but not daring to do so for fear of the unseen power in the next room a certain Betty whose slumbers must not be disturbed until six o clock struck when she wakened of herself as sure as clockwork and left the household very little peace afterwards It was a June morning andarly as it was the room was full of sunny warmth and light I do love a good Victorian novel They re plot driven and Fast And Easy Emotional Trauma And Ptsd Treatment entertaining sometimesven a little The Marvel Super Heroes Guide Book enchanting They also depict the concerns of the age At the heart of this a large social transition the man of art the man of poetry and romance is being replaced by the new man of science the new man of Darwinism and logic Gaskell s narrative suggests that the former is a dying breed he is unsuccessful in the modernising world he is outdated Contrastingly science prospers Such can be seen with the Hamley brothers Incidentally Gaskell was a cousin of Darwin s and her acceptance of new thought can be seen she clearly favours it Romance drove the plot forward it was a powerful depiction of love thatndures all the ridiculousness and all the cunningness of the other characters But it irked me how long it took the pair to realise it Gaskell makes it painfully obvious to the reader that this pair should be together and standard storytelling practically dictated that this is how the novel should nd The pair seems to be painfully unaware with what was in front of their faces for most of the story Though I do suppose that was what Gaskell was going for she wanted to anger the reader she wanted to make them shout and rage about how these characters
should be together It annoyed me a little these could have been together form the start and Ibe together It annoyed me a little these could have been together form the start and I t have had to read 700 pages of semi dry narrative he had never known her value he thought till now And there s the rub I ve got to stop inserting
Shakespeare Uotes Into Reviewsuotes into reviews novel was long winded I mean it s huge I do like big novels Sometimes a story is so long that it needs to be told properly I get that and I appreciate that However I found this to be awfully drawn out There were so many scenes in which the characters had repetitive conversations and lamented over the same facts There were so many parts that just didn t add to the greater whole of the narrative The story remained stationary for a long time The wonderful Jane Austen give her a round of applause please she deserves it can ncompass so much in so fewer words Persuasion is a uarter of the length of this and that has so much story than this but it is told in
The Way It Shouldway it should Gaskell just droned on for much longer than her story was worth It was a drag However behind the book s snail pace drawn out plot semi mundane characters and the frustrating romance there is a real deep xploration of Victorian society The class systems the complications are very well illustrated The problems of a patriarchal system that demands that women and men must xist in spate spheres are presented Molly s farther is taciturn and rigid but he does in his overly masculine way love his daughter In his naivety perhaps not the best word self imposed restriction will work much better he marries so his daughter can be taught and guided He never Hola Amigos evenntertains the thought that perhaps he as her farther could deal with her himself All she realistically needed was chaperone he could have taught her himself Indeed his wife turns out to be a money grabbing shrew she is a societal leech and she almost ruins verything Not a good match So in this perhaps Gaskell suggests that these silly silly divides should be broken Societies outward image is just something for the vain things would work much better if men and women were less concerned with their proper places in society This did have strong message but it took far too many words to say it in ven if the suggestions of fairy tale were rather whimsical at the start This 1865 novel by Elizabeth Gaskell who also wrote the lovely North and South is a pleasant but rather leisurely and lengthy tale of the personalities that inhabit an English country town in about the 1830 s The novel centers around Molly Gibson the uiet and somewhat passive but deeply sensitive daughter of a widowed country doctor We meet Molly and her father when she s an innocent 12 year old girl about to spend the day visiting the Manikam Kalbu estate of the local gentry Lord and Lady Cumnor soxcited she can hardly sleep the night before This visit won t turn out the way young Molly Oxford Specialist Handbook Of Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology And Nutrition Oxford Specialist Handbooks In Paediatrics expected These childhood scenes set the stage and introduce us to many of the characters who will play significant roles later on in the story When Molly is a teenager one of her father s medical students who boards with the Gibsons falls in love with her Mr Gibson intercepts the young man s letter confessing his love and promptly ships Molly off to visit another local family and sends the young man away But doing that isn tnough to allay Mr Gibson s concerns so he turns around and promptly proposes marriage to an attractive local widow who has a daughter Molly s age thinking a new mum for Molly is the ticke. Set in English society before the 1832 Reform Bill Wives and Daughters centres on the story of youthful Molly Gibson brought up from childhood by her father When he remarries a new step sister nters Molly's uiet life – loveable but worldly and troubling Cynthia The narrative tra.
Elizabeth Gaskell Ú 9 Free readT It might have been a good idea to get to know her better before proposing Just sayin Molly s new stepmother will prove a trial in her life and in Molly s father s life as well for that matter although he s better able to deal with the disappointment mostly by immersing himself further in his medical practice Molly s new stepsister is much asier to get along with but she ll also The Greeks Chosen Wife eventuallynd up bringing some serious complications to Molly s life The first two thirds of this novel was mildly njoyable but didn t really ngage me I set the book aside several times while I read other books without feeling terribly anxious to get back to it Molly is sweet and kind and innocent but I was getting a little impatient and frustrated with her and the people in her life I seriously thought that I was going to have to rate this book three stars and all my literary GR friends would be disappointed with me and my lack of taste and discernment and probably unfriend me Infectious Diseases Infectious Diseases en masse Luckily for me I really loved the last part of this booknough to pull the overall rating up to four stars The characters gradually became very real to me with their uirks and failings described frankly but with affectionate humor Especially Mrs Gibson who sets new standards for bird wittedness and vain self absorptionLady Cumnor I was only speaking of the folly of people dressing above their station and what must the foolish woman do but begin to justify her own dress as if I had been accusing her or ven thinking about her at all Such nonsense Really Clare your husband has spoilt you sadly if you can t listen to any one without thinking they are alluding to you People may flatter themselves just as much by thinking that their faults are always present to other people s minds as if they believe that the world is always contemplating their individual charms and virtuesI was told Lady Cumnor that this silk was reduced in price I bought it at Waterloo House after the season was over said Mrs Gibson touching the very handsome gown she wore in deprecation of Lady Cumnor s angry voice and blundering on to the very source of irritation Again Clare How often must I tell you I had no thought of you or your gowns or whether they cost much or little your husband has to pay for them and it is his concern if you spend on your dress than you ought to doIt was only five guineas for the whole dress pleaded Mrs GibsonThe strength of this book is in the keenly observed personalities that inhabit the town of Hollingford and this novel It was rather slow in parts but overall an njoyable coming of age tale with a little romance that Archies Double Digest The Archie Digest Library No 147 explores relationships between family members and friends and how people can hurt and helpach otherOne warning Elizabeth Gaskell suddenly died just before finishing this novel which was being published on a serial basis in a British magazine There s an afterword by her publisher Les Misrables explaining what was going to happen in the story and anyway it s pretty clear where the main relationship is headed but it still left me with an unsettled feelingnough that I promptly went off on an online search to see if there s any decent fanfic of that last missing chapter Sadly I didn t find any But watching a YouTube clip of the A History Of The Inquisition Of The Middle Ages Complete Volume 1 2 And 3 end of the WD miniseries helped Just be mentally ready for it when you read this book otherwise it s a bit disconcerting I finished this 700 page book in less than four days which of course means that by my rating system it s a five star utterly compulsive read But now having gulped the whole thing down I m going back to re read it at a sedate Victorian pace How could I not love a book that has lines like these I won t say she was silly but I think one of us was silly and it wasn t me All sorts of thoughts cross one s mind it depends upon whether one gives them harbour andncouragement Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly better than wise people for their wisdom Your husband this morning Mine tonight What do you take him for A man smiled Cynthia And therefore if you won t let me call him changeable I ll coin a word and call him consolable There are so many terrific reviews of this classic that I doubt I can add much Dead Season except to say that I love Elizabeth Gaskell and I nearly cried as I turned that last page knowing it was the a 2020 rereadMy Jane Austen book group is reading this book a greatxcuse for a reread as it is one of my favorites of all time I also remain firm in my belief that it is one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century George Elliott certainly thought so she admitted that this book was the inspiration for her great novel MiddlemarchI do think that this book is in conversation with Jane Austen on a number of levels first being that what women thought matters All kinds of women whatever their rank age or conomic statusOn this reread I noticed how much fun the narrative voice
has with small town life whatever the rank There is so much humor veining the sharpwith small town life whatever the rank There is so much humor veining the sharp of human vagaries underscoring how much Gaskell s writing had changed She always aimed for great things though her arlier novels and Dickens scolded her for daring to write beyond the female writer s natural sphere of domestic life are problematical rife as they are with popular Victorian cliche such as long deathbed speeches By this period she had begun to jettison the xpected in favor of subtle observations The death beds are offstage what we see is the profoundly realistic motional drama of the aftermath Illnesses don t A Voice Within ennoble and purity is ignorance something the female characters talk aboutThis book could asasily have been called sex lives of wives and daughters it would be today marketing departments would reuire it because there is so much commentary about sex but in completely g rated language And not all of it is done by the young and breathless there is a telling conversation between some older women four widows in the room with six husbands between Soviet Marxism em after a spinster has left the room upon having delivered a valedictory speech on what ought to be proper courtshipAt heart is Cynthia s trouble preyed on by an older guy who became obsessed with her when she was fifteen and she had no idea what she was doing Gaskell gets into themotional cost of raising girls to be ignorant and the tension between society s rules 3 The Heroic Legend Of Arslan Book 3 enforced not just by men but by other women and communication psychological insight andxperience Not a lot happens in this book if you re looking for big ticket drama but if you Mimar Koca Sinan enjoy bricolage the little things that resonate as real give this a try Oh and bonus to Gaskell for a hero who is 100% geek he s big awkward and can t help but yap about scienceReview from 2015 rereadGreat novels really are different books to different readers and can vary for the same reader as well But what really struck me when I reached thatnd was how this novel illustrates like a nearly physical blow the different between being told something and being shown That is when show is done with Gaskell s xtraordinary skill The
#reader hits that #hits that chapter and we re told by the ditor what will happen We know how veryone nds up But the Harmoney effect is still a cold splash of old bathwater after the lingering fragrant sunshine of the novel because we don t know how these things will be achieved The delicate humor the amazing insight the interleaved reactions none of it s thereAnother observation how details add brilliance Just the right details ones that serve the mood the mode that illuminate character We ve allncounter. Ces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford Wives and Daughters is far than a nostalgic vocation of village life; it offers an ironic critiue of mid Victorian society 'No nineteenth century novel contains a devastati.