Tag Archives: nineteenth century novels

Give us this day our daily bread.

I just fixed a hot dog for my grandson’s lunch- one of his favourites. Yesterday it was quesadillas. My main worry is his lack of willingness to eat veg, but as his parent survived a similar lack of willingness, I … Continue reading

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“You saw her bathing on the roof/ Her beauty and the music overthrew you.” (Leonard Cohen)┬áSo was Bathsheba responsible, or was King David? Nathan the prophet claimed the latter. Far from the Madding Crowd, by Thomas Hardy, has a main … Continue reading

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I read Walter Scott’s Kenilworth this weekend. My sister, daughter and grandson were all doing their Plantagenet show there. My first ever school trip, at the age of eight or so, was to Kenilworth, though I had no real idea … Continue reading

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Between libraries ( Georgetown and Eureka, at both of which I have library cards) I turned to Gutenberg.org for free Kindle-for-Mac reading online and chose an old favorite by George Eliot. Middlemarch is one of those Victorian novels that I … Continue reading

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More Mrs. Oliphant: women’s lives

I am somewhat glad that Mrs Oliphant had to write to support her family – as one of the few ways open to a woman of her class and period. Luckily, she had already written and published before she was … Continue reading

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Miss Marjoribanks- another Mrs Oliphant novel

The evening is now dark. There is no TV. I have been knitting this afternoon. What shall I do? Ah, read a book! In Victorian times, this was one of the chief recreations of those who had enough money and … Continue reading

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The Curate in Charge: The Pastor Retired- a Tale of Two Centuries

Mrs Oliphant was a prolific Victorian author: She wrote novels when young, but after her husband’s death, she was left a widow with children, debts, an alcoholic brother and other family members depending on her- and she wrote. Enormous numbers … Continue reading

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