Mulliner attempted to confront the evildoers, scaring off the assailants. Whatever does become of the gentlemen, they are not at Cranford. When in Cranford, Mary stays mainly with Miss Matty Jenkyns, the daughter of the late rector, and this friendship between the old spinster and the younger woman provides a look at the effect their respective ages have on their attitudes and personalities. Miss Matty does have the last word, however, as she ensures that the other tea-seller in Cranford will not be upset if she shares his trade. Regardless of differing opinion, the fact of the matter is that single women over a certain age without family money or male companionship, found themselves in the awful situation of having very few socially acceptable options to provide an income upon which they could live. When researching, it was not only me who thought that! Mary decides to return, but mostly to see her friends, to which Miss Pole has a story just aching to be told. Mary is able to participate more only after Deborah Jenkyns’s death, when the highly-structured society of Cranford relaxes a bit.

Then fashion comes to our mind! View all 4 comments. The dilemma concerns peas: If a married couple come to settle in the town, somehow the gentleman disappears; he is either fairly frightened to death by being the only man in the Cranford parties, or he is accounted for by being with his regiment, his hip, or closely engaged in business all the week in the great neighbouring commercial town of Drumble [Manchester], distant only twenty miles on a railroad. Gaskell is quite gentle with her characters, I think perhaps because she was aware of how limited a life she was creating for them—with all the social restrictions placed on unmarried women, with just enough social status to be unable to work to support themselves, but with Beautifully observed and gently funny, Cranford is less a novel than it is a series of vignettes, drawn from the lives of a small group of genteelly impoverished older women in a small town in mid-nineteenth century England. Cranford started out not as a novel, but as a series of related stories published in Household Words , a magazine published by Charles Dickens. Put it this way, I would sooner be here than south central Los Angeles. Through the eyes of the narrator we see scandals like a charming widow remarrying and to a man beneath her station, no less!


Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

John is very much in love and eager to be married, but Molly seems more enthusiastic about getting new, fashionable, clothes once she is married. Overall, although this was so unexpected an outcome from one of my best loved authors, it was nevertheless a pleasant read.

No one speaks of another’s wants, so imagine the disdain when a newcomer, Captain Brown, arrives and cannot stop speaking simply and openly about his poverty. Miss Betsy Barker absolutely cried with sorrow and dismay; and it was said she thought of trying a bath of oil. She moaned so loudly that she was soon heard and rescued; but meanwhile the poor beast had lost most of her hair and came out looking naked, cold and miserable, in a bare skin.

Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford: Summary & Thoughts – Chapter 1 – Gaskell Blog

And so life goes on in Cranford: Forrester resigns to hiring boy from the cottages to keep an eye on her home. Dec 09, Kerri Duff rated it it was amazing. It is a picture When I began this reading I was a bit confused by the multitude of characters that were being introduced, until I slowly began to know them. Miss Jenkyns’ younger sister, Miss Matty, is overwhelmed by the upcoming visit of her cousin, Major Jenkyns. The Introduction and Notes by Patricia Ingham complement the story by giving some historical background about English domestic life in the midth century, and appendices include essays, a follow-up to Cranfordand illustrations about the fashions of the time, which is an important aspect of the book.

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Let me start by saying that I probably would have enjoyed this book more if I hadn’t seen and loved the BBC’s adaptation of Cranford like 10 years ago. Having never read Elizabeth Gaskell before, I feel that perhaps this was the wrong book to start with. A few days later a letter from Peter arrives. This awkwardness is concluded when Miss Pole finally asks Lady Glenmire whether she has been to court, to which she states she had not, because her father wasn’t wealthy enough.


Allowing Miss Pole and Miss Matty to get acclimated, Holbrook then shows Mary around the grounds, which is a fine home indeed.

For Happy I would alert readers to spoilers, but there actually isn’t much Ah, so delightful! I highly recommend Cranford, I really do.

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

As I was growing up in the US, my Edwardian grandmother was appalled if money was discussed in her presence and to this day I am still uncomfortable discussing even with family or behind closed doors. Captain Brown and his younger daughter endure abject poverty cfanford order to afford small luxuries to comfort the elder daughter. View all 14 comments. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Jamieson, at first, insults them by asking them not to pay the customary “new visitor in town” calls, implying that they are not genteel enough to meet Lady Glenmire. Return to Book Page. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. At least, the tears don’t last quite till the end: Hoggins casts aside her aristocratic roots as Lady Glenmireand is genuinely thrilled with Mr.

Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford: Summary & Thoughts – Chapter 1

These small exchanges, highlighted by Gaskell’s stylized prose, do add mirth to this ceremonial narrative. You can read a short article here. Forty minutes later, I was crying about the death of one of the characters.

Finally, John, now Reverend Jenkyns, receives some acclaim in having one of his sermons published.

Jamieson and Lady Glenmire. Cranford started out not as a novel, but as a series of related stories published in Household Wordsa magazine published by Charles Dickens.

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