Cranford: By the Author of 'Mary Barton', 'Ruth', etc.

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In the delicately impoverished town of Cranford, everyone is keen to know everyone else's business. The community is almost devoid of men, and in their place a solid matriarchy has formed. Manners must be observed, house calls must not exceed a quarter of an hour, and neither money matters nor death may be discussed in public. But the peace is often disturbed. Rumoured burglars, literary disagreements, and the arrival of Captain Brown and his tactless daughters all cause ripples, warmly charted by the ...
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In the delicately impoverished town of Cranford, everyone is keen to know everyone else's business. The community is almost devoid of men, and in their place a solid matriarchy has formed. Manners must be observed, house calls must not exceed a quarter of an hour, and neither money matters nor death may be discussed in public. But the peace is often disturbed. Rumoured burglars, literary disagreements, and the arrival of Captain Brown and his tactless daughters all cause ripples, warmly charted by the conversational narrator, Mary Smith. When the past erupts through the fragile class distinctions and disputed tea sales, the customary perspective of the town shifts in small but perceptible ways forever. First published as a magazine serial from 1851 and then in novel form in 1853, Cranford is the best-known work by Elizabeth Gaskell (1810–65). This reissue is of the 1853 second edition.
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1. Our society; 2. The captain; 3. A love affair of long ago; 4. A visit to an old bachelor; 5. Old letters; 6. Poor Peter; 7. Visiting; 8. 'Your Ladyship'; 9. Signor Brunoni; 10. The panic; 11. Samuel Brown; 12. Engaged to be married; 13. Stopped payment; 14. Friends in need; 15. A happy return; 16. 'Peace to Cranford'.
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