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Victorian Short Stories: Stories of Courtship

Book Overview: 

A selection of five short stories with the theme of courtship

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .come in so late that there's no time to say a word before we go to bed.'

She got up and followed him into the parsonage, and when they were in the sitting-room together, and the door was closed, she came up to him and kissed him. 'Papa,' she said, 'would it make you very unhappy if I were to leave you?'

'Leave me!' he said, startled by the serious and almost solemn tone of her voice. 'Do you mean for always?'

'If I were to marry, papa?'

'Oh, marry! No; that would not make me unhappy. It would make me very happy, Patty, to see you married to a man you would love;—very, very happy; though my days would be desolate without you.'

'That is it, papa. What would you do if I went from you?'

'What would it matter, Patty? I should be free, at any rate, from a load which often presses heavy on me now. What will you do when I shall leave you? A fe. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This anthology of light hearted literary treasures includes some of the late- Victorian writers, who do not overpower the reader as the giants do, but who still remain very influential authors. The collection includes WS Gilbert (of Gilbert and Sullivan fame), Anthony Trollope, and Israel Zangwill w

Although I would have liked some of the stories to be more developed, I took it as it is: a quick short stories book.

English is not my mother language and I had some trouble here and there with the language used (Old English, dialects,..), but overall a not-bad read.

I would recommend this to someon

Victorian courtship, with all its rules and social nuances, is fascinating, especially for us in the 21C. I thought that a long weekend of reading Victorian short stories on courtship would be interesting. Well, sometimes I'm wrong. This collection of short stories did introduce me to four authors I

A bunch of pretty dull stories.