Mary Barton
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Mary Barton

By Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
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Jem's heart beat violently when he saw the gay, handsome young man approaching, with a light, buoyant step. This, then, was he whom Mary loved. It was, perhaps, no wonder; for he seemed to the poor smith so elegant, so well-appointed, that he felt the superiority in externals, strangely and painfully, for an instant. Then something uprose within him, and told him that "a man's a man for a' that, for a' that, and twice as much a' that." And he no longer felt troubled by the outward appearance of his rival. -from Chapter XV As interest in 19th-century English literature by women has been reinvigorated by a resurgence in popularity of the works of Jane Austen, readers are rediscovering a writer whose fiction, once widely beloved, fell by the wayside. British novelist ELIZABETH CLEGHORN GASKELL (1810-1865)-whose books were sometimes initially credited to, simply, "Mrs. Gaskell"-is now recognized as having created some of the most complex and broadminded depictions of women in the literature of the age, and is today justly celebrated for her precocious use of the regional dialect and slang of England's industrial North. Mary Barton-Gaskell's first novel, originally published anonymously in 1848-established her reputation as a champion of the working class. Set in Manchester, where the author herself settled as the wife of a progressive preacher, it concerns the trials and tribulations of two poor families, the Bartons and the Wilsons, and a tragedy that cements their joint fate and highlights the class divide in highly stratified Victorian society. Friend and literary companion to the likes of Charles Dickens and Charlotte Bront-the latter of whom Gaskell wrote an acclaimed 1857biography-Gaskell is today being restored to her rightful place alongside them. This charming replica volume is an excellent opportunity for 21st-century fans of British literature to embrace one of its most unjustly forgotten authors.

Table of Contents
  • MARY BARTON:
  • A TALE OF MANCHESTER LIFE.
    • by
  • ELIZABETH GASKELL
    • CONTENTS
    • PREFACE.
    • CHAPTER I.
      • A MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE.
    • CHAPTER II.
      • A MANCHESTER TEA-PARTY.
    • CHAPTER III.
      • JOHN BARTON'S GREAT TROUBLE.
    • CHAPTER IV.
      • OLD ALICE'S HISTORY.
    • CHAPTER V.
      • THE MILL ON FIRE—JEM WILSON TO THE RESCUE.
    • CHAPTER VI.
      • POVERTY AND DEATH.
    • CHAPTER VII.
      • JEM WILSON'S REPULSE.
    • CHAPTER VIII.
      • MARGARET'S DEBUT AS A PUBLIC SINGER.
    • CHAPTER IX.
      • BARTON'S LONDON EXPERIENCES.
    • CHAPTER X.
      • RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL.
    • CHAPTER XI.
      • MR. CARSON'S INTENTIONS REVEALED.
    • CHAPTER XII.
      • OLD ALICE'S BAIRN.
    • CHAPTER XIII.
      • A TRAVELLER'S TALES.
    • CHAPTER XIV.
      • JEM'S INTERVIEW WITH POOR ESTHER.
    • CHAPTER XV.
      • A VIOLENT MEETING BETWEEN THE RIVALS.
    • CHAPTER XVI.
      • MEETING BETWEEN MASTERS AND WORKMEN.
    • CHAPTER XVII.
      • BARTON'S NIGHT-ERRAND.
    • CHAPTER XVIII.
      • MURDER.
    • CHAPTER XIX.
      • JEM WILSON ARRESTED ON SUSPICION.
    • CHAPTER XX.
      • MARY'S DREAM—AND THE AWAKENING.
    • CHAPTER XXI.
      • ESTHER'S MOTIVE IN SEEKING MARY.
    • CHAPTER XXII.
      • MARY'S EFFORTS TO PROVE AN ALIBI.
    • CHAPTER XXIII.
      • THE SUB-PŒNA.
    • CHAPTER XXIV.
      • WITH THE DYING.
    • CHAPTER XXV.
      • MRS. WILSON'S DETERMINATION.
    • CHAPTER XXVI.
      • THE JOURNEY TO LIVERPOOL.
    • CHAPTER XXVII.
      • IN THE LIVERPOOL DOCKS.
    • CHAPTER XXVIII.
      • "JOHN CROPPER, AHOY!"
    • CHAPTER XXIX.
      • A TRUE BILL AGAINST JEM.
    • CHAPTER XXX.
      • JOB LEGH'S DECEPTION.
    • CHAPTER XXXI.
      • HOW MARY PASSED THE NIGHT.
    • CHAPTER XXXII.
      • THE TRIAL AND VERDICT—"NOT GUILTY."
    • CHAPTER XXXIII.
      • REQUIESCAT IN PACE.
    • CHAPTER XXXIV.
      • THE RETURN HOME.
    • CHAPTER XXXV.
      • "FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES."
    • CHAPTER XXXVI.
      • JEM'S INTERVIEW WITH MR. DUNCOMBE.
    • CHAPTER XXXVII.
      • DETAILS CONNECTED WITH THE MURDER.
    • CHAPTER XXXVIII.
      • CONCLUSION.
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