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Riceyman Steps (1923)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0755116003, Paperback)Henry Earlforward is a miserly bookseller who marries a customer and neighbour, Violet Arb. Their life together becomes impossible because of Henry's parsimonious nature and her desire to spend on what he views as luxuries, even extending to heating and the food that is served at table. Both fall ill, but only Violet enters hospital as Henry fears for his autonomy. Violet dies, but meanwhile the maid, Elsie, has been stealing money from Henry to ensure the household carries on and also to use in making enquiries about Violet. Leaving his sickbed, Henry discovers the theft. However, his body is then discovered. Violet and her lover Joe end up working for Dr Raste, who both attended and became exasperated with the Earlforwards.
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