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Wives And Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
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Wives And Daughters (original 1865; edition 1999)

by Elizabeth Gaskell (Author)

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Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell's last novel, is regarded by many as her masterpiece. Molly Gibson is the daughter of the doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford. Her widowed father marries a second time to give Molly the woman's presence he feels she lacks, but until thearrival of Cynthia, her dazzling step-sister, Molly finds her situation hard to accept. Intertwined with the story of the Gibsons is that of Squire Hamley and his two sons; as Molly grows up and falls in love she learns to judge people for what they are, not what they seem. Through Molly'sobservations the hierarchies, social values, and social changes of early nineteenth-century English life are made vivid in a novel that is timeless in its representation of human relationships.This edition, the first to be based in the original Cornhill Magazine serialization of 1864-6, draws on a full collation of the manuscript to present the most accurate text so far available.… (more)
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Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (1865)

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    atimco: Trollope's Mary Thorne and Gaskell's Molly Gibson have much in common: both their father-figures are country doctors with connections to the local nobility, both fall in love with a man above them in station and wealth, both face undeserved public shame in their social circles, and both are sensible, intelligent heroines.… (more)
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I loved this novel, it was long and at times tedious, but the different story lines meld together at the end...almost, because Mrs. Gaskell died before the final chapters were written. Huge surprise for me...I had no idea there was no definitive ending. The reader can probably guess how it all wraps up....so it was not too disappointing. I enjoy the authentic look into English society of the 1830's. Will be reading more from Mrs. Gaskell. ( )
  almin | Nov 9, 2021 |
Set in the town of Hollingford in the South of England in the 1820's and 30's this is the story of several county families centering on Molly Gibson, a 17-year-old girl. Molly is close to her father, the local doctor and is distraught when her father remarries. It's only been Molly and her father for years. Molly now gains a step-mother, Hyacinth and a step-sister, Cynthia, a great beauty. As she adjusts to these changes, some challenging and others positive, she mingles with some other families in the district.
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  Nicky24 | Oct 27, 2021 |
Middle class and rural life 1820s mined in detail for class, values, occupations to fill the time. Molly is earnest heroine who suffers step mother and sister's foibles.
  MarilynKinnon | Aug 15, 2021 |
This is the second book I have read by Elizabeth Gaskell and liked it just as much as the first. I did not like the character of scheming, self-absorbed Mrs. Gibson but every other character I did. This was read for a group/buddy read. ( )
  Stacy_Krout | Jun 21, 2021 |
5747. Wives and Daughters: An Every-day Story, by Elizabeth Gaskell (read 8 Jun 2021) This novel, first published in about 1863, is laid in England the 1820s and 1830s and the author died before finishing it but only one chapter was not written and one knows how it was to end. I was surprised to find at times it was a fetchingly good story and I looked forward to reading it. Molly is the central character. She is the daughter of an English doctor. Her mother is dead but her father after some years of being a widower, rather suddenly and with not much care remarries a woman with a daughter about Mollie's age, Cynthia. Cynthia is a scatter-brain, as is her mother, now Mollie's stepmother. I often had to laugh at said stepmother's conniving speech. Long before the final part of the story one easily guesses how it will end but this does not detract from one's interest. ( )
  Schmerguls | Jun 8, 2021 |
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The answer was silly enough, logically; but forcible in fact. Cynthia was Cynthia, and not Venus herself could have been her substitute. In this one thing Mr. Preston was more really true than many worthy men, who, seeking to be married, turn with careless facility from the unattainable to the attainable, and keep their feelings and fancy tolerably loose till they find a woman who consents to be their wife. But no one would ever be to Mr. Preston what Cynthia had been, and was; and yet he could have stabbed her in certain of his moods.
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Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell's last novel, is regarded by many as her masterpiece. Molly Gibson is the daughter of the doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford. Her widowed father marries a second time to give Molly the woman's presence he feels she lacks, but until thearrival of Cynthia, her dazzling step-sister, Molly finds her situation hard to accept. Intertwined with the story of the Gibsons is that of Squire Hamley and his two sons; as Molly grows up and falls in love she learns to judge people for what they are, not what they seem. Through Molly'sobservations the hierarchies, social values, and social changes of early nineteenth-century English life are made vivid in a novel that is timeless in its representation of human relationships.This edition, the first to be based in the original Cornhill Magazine serialization of 1864-6, draws on a full collation of the manuscript to present the most accurate text so far available.

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