Wives and daughters
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Wives and daughters

By Elizabeth Gaskell
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Wives and Daughters, by Elizabeth Gaskell, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. Tremendously popular in her lifetime, Elizabeth Gaskell has often been overshadowed by her contemporaries the Brontës and George Eliot. Yet the reputation of her long-neglected masterpiece Wives and Daughters continues to grow, fulfilling Henry James’s prophecy that the novel would “continue for years to come to be read and relished . . .so delicately, so elaborately, so artistically, so truthfully, and heartily is the story wrought out.” An enchanting tale of romance, scandal, and intrigue in the gossipy English town of Hollingford around the 1830s, Wives and Daughters tells the story of Molly Gibson, the seventeen-year-old daughter of a widowed country doctor. When her father remarries, she forms a close friendship with her new stepsister—the beautiful and worldly Cynthia—until they become love rivals for the affections of Squire Hamley’s sons, Osbourne and Roger. When sudden illness and death reveal some secrets while shrouding others in even deeper mystery, Molly feels that the world is out of joint and it is up to her—trusted by all but listened to by none—to set it right. Amy M. King is Assistant Professor of English at St. John’s University in New York City and the author of Bloom: The Botanical Vernacular in the English Novel (Oxford University Press, 2003).

Table of Contents
  • WIVES AND DAUGHTERS.
  • AN EVERY-DAY STORY.
    • BY
  • MRS. GASKELL.
    • WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY GEORGE DU MAURIER.
    • CONTENTS
    • ILLUSTRATIONS
      • CHAPTER I.
    • THE DAWN OF A GALA DAY.
      • CHAPTER II.
    • A NOVICE AMONGST THE GREAT FOLK.
      • CHAPTER III.
    • MOLLY GIBSON'S CHILDHOOD.
      • CHAPTER IV.
    • MR. GIBSON'S NEIGHBOURS.
      • CHAPTER V.
    • CALF-LOVE.
      • CHAPTER VI.
    • A VISIT TO THE HAMLEYS.
      • CHAPTER VII.
    • FORESHADOWS OF LOVE PERILS.
      • CHAPTER VIII.
    • DRIFTING INTO DANGER.
      • CHAPTER IX.
    • THE WIDOWER AND THE WIDOW.
      • CHAPTER X.
    • A CRISIS.
      • CHAPTER XI.
    • MAKING FRIENDSHIP.
      • CHAPTER XII.
    • PREPARING FOR THE WEDDING.
      • CHAPTER XIII.
    • MOLLY GIBSON'S NEW FRIENDS.
      • CHAPTER XIV.
    • MOLLY FINDS HERSELF PATRONIZED.
      • CHAPTER XV.
    • THE NEW MAMMA.
      • CHAPTER XVI.
    • THE BRIDE AT HOME.
      • CHAPTER XVII.
    • TROUBLE AT HAMLEY HALL.
      • CHAPTER XVIII.
    • MR. OSBORNE'S SECRET.
      • CHAPTER XIX.
    • CYNTHIA'S ARRIVAL.
      • CHAPTER XX.
    • MRS. GIBSON'S VISITORS.
      • CHAPTER XXI.
    • THE HALF-SISTERS.
      • CHAPTER XXII.
    • THE OLD SQUIRE'S TROUBLES.
      • CHAPTER XXIII.
    • OSBORNE HAMLEY REVIEWS HIS POSITION.
      • CHAPTER XXIV.
    • MRS. GIBSON'S LITTLE DINNER.
      • CHAPTER XXV.
    • HOLLINGFORD IN A BUSTLE.
      • CHAPTER XXVI.
    • A CHARITY BALL.
      • CHAPTER XXVII.
    • FATHER AND SONS.
      • CHAPTER XXVIII.
    • RIVALRY.
      • CHAPTER XXIX.
    • BUSH-FIGHTING.
      • CHAPTER XXX.
    • OLD WAYS AND NEW WAYS.
      • CHAPTER XXXI.
    • A PASSIVE COQUETTE.
      • CHAPTER XXXII.
    • COMING EVENTS.
      • CHAPTER XXXIII.
    • BRIGHTENING PROSPECTS.
      • CHAPTER XXXIV.
    • A LOVER'S MISTAKE.
      • CHAPTER XXXV.
    • THE MOTHER'S MANŒUVRE.
      • CHAPTER XXXVI.
    • DOMESTIC DIPLOMACY.
      • CHAPTER XXXVII.
    • A FLUKE, AND WHAT CAME OF IT.
      • CHAPTER XXXVIII.
    • MR. KIRKPATRICK, Q.C.
      • CHAPTER XXXIX.
    • SECRET THOUGHTS OOZE OUT.
      • CHAPTER XL.
    • MOLLY GIBSON BREATHES FREELY.
      • CHAPTER XLI.
    • GATHERING CLOUDS.
      • CHAPTER XLII.
    • THE STORM BURSTS.
      • CHAPTER XLIII.
    • CYNTHIA'S CONFESSION.
      • CHAPTER XLIV.
    • MOLLY GIBSON TO THE RESCUE.
      • CHAPTER XLV.
    • CONFIDENCES.
      • CHAPTER XLVI.
    • HOLLINGFORD GOSSIPS.
      • CHAPTER XLVII.
    • SCANDAL AND ITS VICTIMS.
      • CHAPTER XLVIII.
    • AN INNOCENT CULPRIT.
      • CHAPTER XLIX.
    • MOLLY GIBSON FINDS A CHAMPION.
      • CHAPTER L.
    • CYNTHIA AT BAY.
      • CHAPTER LI.
    • "TROUBLES NEVER COME ALONE."
      • CHAPTER LII.
    • SQUIRE HAMLEY'S SORROW.
      • CHAPTER LIII.
    • UNLOOKED-FOR ARRIVALS.
      • CHAPTER LIV.
    • MOLLY GIBSON'S WORTH IS DISCOVERED.
      • CHAPTER LV.
    • AN ABSENT LOVER RETURNS.
      • CHAPTER LVI.
    • "OFF WITH THE OLD LOVE, AND ON WITH THE NEW."
      • CHAPTER LVII.
    • BRIDAL VISITS AND ADIEUX.
      • CHAPTER LVIII.
    • REVIVING HOPES AND BRIGHTENING PROSPECTS.
      • CHAPTER LIX.
    • MOLLY GIBSON AT HAMLEY HALL.
      • CHAPTER LX.
    • ROGER HAMLEY'S CONFESSION.
    • CONCLUDING REMARKS:
      • [By the Editor of The Cornhill Magazine.]
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