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A Simple Story

Elizabeth Inchbald

Book Overview: 

The story could really have been simple: Miss Milner, who is admired for her beauty and charm, could have been a socialite, marry a respectable and good looking man and be happy in the standards of her time. But if it was so, why would there be a book? Miss Milner, beautiful and charming as she is, announces her wish to marry her guardian, a catholic priest. But women in the 18th century do not declare their wishes or speak about their passions, and- after all- he is a catholic priest… And if he finds a way to marry her, is this her road to happiness?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . pass in violent haste through the hall; he seemed to fly."

"Ladies, the dinner is waiting," cried Mrs. Horton, and they repaired to the dining room, where Dorriforth soon after came, and engrossed their whole attention by his[Pg 49] disturbed looks, and unusual silence. Before dinner was over, he was, however, more himself, but still he appeared thoughtful and dissatisfied. At the time of their evening walk he excused himself from accompanying them, and they saw him in a distant field with Mr. Sandford in earnest conversation; for Sandford and he often stopped on one spot for a quarter of an hour, as if the interest of the subject had so engaged them, they stood still without knowing it. Lord Elmwood, who had joined the ladies, walked home with them; Dorriforth entered soon after, in a much less gloomy humour than when he went out, and told his relation, that he and the ladies would dine with him the next day if he was disengaged; and it was agreed they shou. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Eu nunca comento sobre os livros que leio por aqui, de toda forma, a simple story é impossível de se ignorar! É a junção perfeita de um romance brontëriano e austeniano, justamente por ter sido de uma autora cuja genialidade foi uma inspiração em comum para os gênios acima mencionados. A história po

You'd never know it from the off-putting title, but this is a brilliant and rather neglected book, a real page-turner and unusual for the eighteenth century in taking illicit female desire as its subject. The heroine, Miss Milner (we never learn her first name!), loses her father at the age of 17 an


I can't remember the last time i got so angry at a classic. maybe--Robinson Crusoe but that was mostly hatred. but this book. i'm incensed. i'm incensed this book made me use the word incensed.

what i was expecting picking up this book: a young woman falls in love with a priest. scandalous, i

Loved this book!
The back gave nothing away , a well paced story with a few twists.
Gothic in parts.
Loved the last volume where all ends happily.

This was such a surprise! It's well-written, engaging, and scandalous. I felt the characters were depicted quite realistically; their flaws were explored in detail, the changes of their dispositions over a lifetime made sense, and their interactions with each other were nuanced and intriguing. One c

This is not a book I'd recommend to the casual reader, but if you are particularly interested in the 18th century or if this period in literature is your jam then this is certainly a classic worth looking into.

Inchbald's background is the theatre, and this makes her able to condense so much into a

Oh my gosh I LOVED THIS! ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS! It didn't change my life, but this was SUCH an unexpected piece of work! The back does not even begin to tell you the full plot of this story, which is good because I ended up being pleasantly surprised! I expected the usual "she confesses her love, an

*3.5 stars

This is an amazing novel. It's very different from most 18th-century novels. It's way more naturalistic, in that it's not as mannered and self-consciously 'literary' as a lot of the other novels of the time. Which is not to say that they are bad, it's just that this is just so different. It's amazin

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