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Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell circa 1892 Adapted for the BBC series. FANTASTIC ANTIQUE vintage book gift for any British show fan!

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell circa 1892 Adapted for the BBC series. FANTASTIC ANTIQUE vintage book gift for any British show fan!

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Cranford is one of the better-known novels of the 19th-century English writer Elizabeth Gaskell. It was first published, irregularly, in eight installments, between December 1851 and May 1853, in the magazine Household Words, which was edited by Charles Dickens. It was then published, with minor revision, in book form in 1853. The first installment (in Household Words), which became the novel's first two chapters, was originally published "as a self-contained sketch", and the "irregular way" the further seven installments were published suggests that it took Mrs Gaskell time to think of making this into a book. She was during this period busy writing the three volume novel Ruth, which was published January 1853. (Wikipedia)

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ABOUT: Cranford
Elizabeth Gaskell
Hurst, 1900.

Mary Smith – The narrator. We are only given limited information about her. Mary is a young woman who once lived in Cranford but now lives with her business man father in the nearby city of Drumble. She frequently stays with Miss Matty.
Miss Matty Jenkyns – An amiable, good-natured, though rather timid, elderly spinster.
Miss Deborah Jenkyns – Miss Matty's imperious older sister, who dies early in the novel.
Miss Pole – Allegedly the most "reasonable" and "enlightened" of all the Cranford ladies.
The Honourable Mrs Jamieson – A widow with aristocratic connections and the owner of Carlo, her beloved dog. On the social scale she is the most important person in Cranford.
Mrs Forrester – Another widow.
Betty Barker – A former milliner, who owns a cow whom she loves like a daughter.
Peter Jenkyns – Matty Jenkyns' brother, who disappears early in the novel, after he was beaten by his father. Subsequently, Mary Smith finds out that he may still be alive and writes to him. At the end of the novel Peter returns from India and is reunited with his sister.
Thomas Holbrook – A lively and curious-minded farmer, who was Miss Matty's former admirer. He dies a year after a trip to Paris, France.
Captain Brown – An impoverished army captain, who comes to live at Cranford with his two daughters.
Miss Brown – Captain Brown's elder daughter.
Miss Jessie Brown – Captain Brown's younger daughter. After her father and sister's deaths, she marries and leaves Cranford.
Major Gordon – A friend of Captain Brown who has been in love with Jessie Brown for years.
Lady Glenmire – Mrs. Jamieson's poor, widowed sister-in-law. She marries Dr. Hoggins to the initial dismay of the ladies of Cranford.
Dr Hoggins – The Cranford surgeon. A rough but friendly and well-meaning man. Both he and his surname is regarded as vulgar by the ladies of Cranford.
Martha – Miss Matty's maid, who is deeply attached to her mistress. Later, after Matty loses most of her money, Martha is her landlady and companion, with whom Matty lives on equal terms.
Jem Hearn – The young man Martha marries.
Mr Mulliner – Mrs. Jamieson's butler.
Signor Brunoni – A travelling magician.
Signora Brunoni – The wife of the travelling magician, who travelled on foot across India to save the life of her baby daughter.

Wikipedia: Small town customs and values in mid Victorian England.[9] Harkening back to memories of her childhood in the small Cheshire town of Knutsford, Cranford is Elizabeth Gaskell's affectionate portrait of people and customs that were already becoming anachronism
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