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Mildred Arkell, (Vol 1 of 3)

Mrs. Henry Wood

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. . .Why yes," returned Charlotte, with a surprised air, as if she had thought all the world knew that. "Papa has been dead several months—twelve, I think, nearly; mamma has been dead five or six."

"And—I suppose—your poor papa did not leave much money?"

"Not a penny," freely answered Charlotte. "He had a few shares in some mining company at the time of his death; they were worth nothing then, but they afterwards went up to what is called a premium, and the brokers sold them for us. They did not realize much, but it was sufficient to keep mamma as long as she lived."

"And what have you done since?"

"Not much," sighed Charlotte; "I had a situation as daily governess; but, oh! it was so uncomfortable. There were five girls, and no discipline, no regularity; it was at a clergyman's, too. They live near to us, in Upper Stamford-street. I am so glad I wrote to you! Betsey did not want me to write; she thought it looked intrusive. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I’ve read a quite a few of Mrs Wood’s novels and they usually fall into the sensation genre (which I love) or the domestic (which I like much less). This one falls somewhere between the two as did my enjoyment of it. The novel starts and ends as a domestic story (with a cathedral school background f