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Lizzie Leigh

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

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A poignant tale about illicit love, regret ending in delight. It deals with the story of a young girl Lizzie who commits a sin and its repercussions. Gaskell brilliantly portraits the deep and true relations of a family and ends the story with a moving reunion. Touching and emotional!

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . go on for a minute or two for the choking sobs.  “Thou dost not know that, or thou wouldst not say she could be dead—for God is very merciful, Will; He is: He is much more pitiful than man.  I could never ha’ spoken to thy father as I did to Him—and yet thy father forgave her at last.  The last words he said were that he forgave her.  Thou’lt not be harder than thy father, Will?  Do not try and hinder me going to seek her, for it’s no use.”

Will sat very still for a long time before he spoke.  At last he said, “I’ll not hinder you.  I think she’s dead, but that’s no matter.”

“She’s not dead,” said her mother, with low earnestness.  Will took no notice of the interruption.

“We will all go to Manchester for a twelvemonth, and let the farm to Tom Higginbotham.  I’ll get blacksmith’s work; and Tom can . . . Read More

Community Reviews

a bit more palatable for gaskell, but- why need the heroine be so... perfect? but feel such- remorse? it's intolerably selfish of her. the guilt all those victorian girls must have felt

Quando venne pubblicato per la prima volta Mary Barton, Charles Dickens rimase molto colpito dallo stile di Elizabeth Gaskell tanto da chiederle di collaborare alla sua nuova rivista letteraria, “Household Words”. Era il 1850 e da allora tra i due iniziò una prolifica collaborazione. Il primo raccon

Tendenzialmente associo la Gaskell al periodo natalizio, specialmente testi brevi come questo, sarà per il fatto di essere inglese, o vittoriana, ma in realtà con lo spirito positivo e candido del Natale c'entra ben poco. Anche qui una fallen woman, e tutti i temi cari alla Gaskell, la discriminazio

Like Mary Barton, "Lizzie Leigh" is the story of a fallen woman. Although the title character is marginalized for most of the narrative, appearing only by way of other characters mentioning her and by the allusions to her as "the mother/the shadow," her reappearance by name that occurs in the last s

A heartwarming short story about the unconditional love of a mother for her child. It's clear to me now that Mrs. Gaskill was deeply passionate about what she wrote and also that she not only was a devote Christian but she also felt compassion towards those society would instinctively cast out. In t

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