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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

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 som...more

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 author...more

A bunch of pretty dull stories.