Anna of the Five Towns: A Novel

Anna of the Five Towns: A Novel

by Arnold Bennett


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Ill: THE BIRTHDAY THE next morning there was no outward sign that anything unusual had occurred. As the clock in the kitchen struck eight Anna carried to the back parlour a tray on which were a dish of bacon and a coffee-pot. Breakfast was already laid for three. She threw a housekeeper's glance over the table, and called: " Father! " Mr. Tellwright was resetting some encaustic tiles in the lobby. He came in, coatless, and, dropping a trowel on the hearth, sat down at the end of the table nearest the fireplace. Anna sat opposite to him, and poured out the coffee. On the dish were six pieces of bacon. He put one piece on a plate, and set it carefully in front of Agnes's vacant chair, two he passed to Anna, three he kept for himself,- " Where's Agnes ? " he enquired. " Coming—she's finishing her arithmetic." In the middle of the table was an unaccustomed small jug containing gilliflowers. Mr. Tellwright noticed it instantly. " What an we gotten here? " he said, indicating the jug. " Agnes gave me them first thing when she got up. She's grown them herself, you know," Anna said, and then added: " It's my birthday." " Ay! " he exclaimed, with a trace of satire in his voice. " Thou'rt a woman now, lass." No further remark on that matter was made during the meal. Agnes ran in, all pinafore and legs. With a toss backwards of her light golden hair she slipped silently into her seat, cautiously glancing at the master of the house. Then she began to stir her coffee. " Now, young woman," Tellwright said curtly. She looked a startled interrogative. " Were waiting," he explained. " Oh! " said Agnes, confused. " I thought you'd said it. ' God sanctify this food to our use and us to His service for Christ's sake, Amen.'" The breakfast proceeded in sile...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780526124367
Publisher: Creative Media Partners, LLC
Publication date: 02/27/2019
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

1The Kindling of Love1
2The Miser's Daughter16
3The Birthday26
4A Visit42
5The Revival52
7The Sewing Meeting80
8On the Bank100
9The Treat119
10The Isle137
11The Downfall169
12At the Priory198
13The Bazaar218
14End of a Simple Soul228

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Anna of the five towns 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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George Eliot style melodrama provides the narrative framework for this tale of a well-to-do but not well-off miser's daughter in the pottery towns around Newcastle under Lyme. We meet her and her two beaux as they emerge from a Wesleyan Sunday School meeting. Methodism functions here as a works-righteousness fanticism and a framework for social hierarchy. It is 1902. Henry Mynors (age 30) is the respectable, hard-working entrepeneur with whom Anna (age 21) partners in business and in marriage. Willie (age 21) is the simple meek spirit whom she really loves -- as she discovers on the novel's penultimate page. By then it is too late, and tragedy makes its way down well-oiled tracks. This old-fashioned novel is chiefly of interest for its descriptions of life - including business - in the pottery towns, where something fragile, beautiful, and utilitarian emerges from chaos, heat, and clay. Port Erin on the Isle of Man is the scene of an idyllic holiday.