Mrs. Craddock [NOOK Book]

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Bertha Lay is a woman of independent means. On her 21st birthday she inherits her deceased father's money and pursues a courtship with 27 year old Edward Craddock, who despite being tall, strong, and handsome, is below her station in life. Bertha justifies her matrimonial choice believing that the dying stock of her blood line requires "the freshness and youth, the massive strength of her husband, to bring life to" it. Shortly after their honeymoon, she realizes that her husband is a bore and, what is more, ...
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Mrs. Craddock

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Overview

Bertha Lay is a woman of independent means. On her 21st birthday she inherits her deceased father's money and pursues a courtship with 27 year old Edward Craddock, who despite being tall, strong, and handsome, is below her station in life. Bertha justifies her matrimonial choice believing that the dying stock of her blood line requires "the freshness and youth, the massive strength of her husband, to bring life to" it. Shortly after their honeymoon, she realizes that her husband is a bore and, what is more, rather insensitive to her needs. As time passes and the vision Bertha has for a pastoral life with her husband rising to the archetypal country squire comes true, she finds that her marriage is not all that she bargained for. Ultimately the severe differences between Bertha and her husband become evident to her, causing her to deeply regret the decision that she has made to marry him. "Mrs. Craddock" is the story of an unhappy marriage which due to its bleak viewpoint was first published in an edited version. This edition reprints the 1903 edition.
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Leslie A. Marchand
There is something bracing about the sincerity of his style…a style that serves his general purpose of stripping life to the bone with a thin, sharp knife that lays open to view the normal flesh and the healthy flow of blood as well as the cancerous sore beneath.
—Leslie A. Marchand, in The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420948752
  • Publisher: Digireads.com Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 917,469
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

W. Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874. He began to study medicine in London but quit to focus exclusively on writing. In 1926 he bought a house in Cap Ferrat, France, which was to become a meeting place for a number of writers, artists and politicians. He died in 1965.

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  • Posted May 21, 2010

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    An unequaled treatment of an unequal marriage

    Unbounded affection meets efficient practicality, and the results are disastrous. He is the ideal bread winner, beloved by all but his erstwhile wife, for he cannot return her affections. While of themselves, each is good, neither is able to go beyond their own personality to become what the other needs, although it seems that it would not be impossible. Rather, it seems like it would be quite easily done. While Mrs Craddock needs the marriage to serve her needs, Mr Craddock is a giver; yet he gives on his terms, and not in terms of his wife's needs. His view of a wife is informed by his experience raising livestock -- not the most enlightened way to approach marriage. Mrs Craddock is too needy, and doesn't appreciate a good thing when she has it. Both develop in the course of the novel, but the ultimate split is inevitable. A thoughtful read.

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