Grey Woman and other Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell

Grey Woman and other Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell

by Elizabeth Gaskell
     
 
Contents

The grey woman -- Curious if true -- Six weeks at Heppenheim -- Libbie Marsh's three eras -- Christmas storms and sunshine -- Hand and heart -- Bessy's troubles at home -- Disappearances.

The first two stories ("The Grey Woman" and "Curious, If True") are, in my opinion, the best. The Grey Woman has such delicious overtones of The Mysteries

Overview

Contents

The grey woman -- Curious if true -- Six weeks at Heppenheim -- Libbie Marsh's three eras -- Christmas storms and sunshine -- Hand and heart -- Bessy's troubles at home -- Disappearances.

The first two stories ("The Grey Woman" and "Curious, If True") are, in my opinion, the best. The Grey Woman has such delicious overtones of The Mysteries of Udolpho that it is impossible not to get swept up in the romance of the Alpine scenery, the ruined castle and the Banditti whom The Grey Woman of the title accidentally marries into. Curious, if True, is the most supernatural, complete with a mysterious dark forest for the main character to get lost in and peopled with characters from fairy tales.

The next two are also good examples of short stories with lots of tragedy and heart-rending moments. Libbie Marsh's Three Eras had me weeping unashamedly. "Hand and Heart" and "Bessy's Troubles at Home" are examples of Victorian didactic fiction, plain and simple. Always be kind, always do your best at home, say your prayers, etc - read one, you've read them all.

Finally "Disappearances" is almost documentary in tone and details the marvellous work of the Victorian Detectives in nosying into everyone's lives and keeping them all on the straight and narrow. I loved Gaskell's comment in it: "Once more, let me say I am thankful to live in the days of the Detective Police; if I am murdered, or commit bigamy, at any rate my friends will have the comfort of knowing all about it." Her discussion of the 18th Century novel Caleb Williams in this piece is also interesting if you are a student of literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940150364448
Publisher:
Consumer Oriented Ebooks Publisher
Publication date:
08/12/2014
Series:
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell Books , #15
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
327 KB

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >