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Victorian Short Stories of Successful Marriages

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A collection of short stories by celebrated authors on the subject of successful marriages.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ad dreaded some questioning; and a little blame for sharp speaking was what she could well bear, if cross-examination was let alone.

Downstairs they went, Mr Openshaw carrying Ailsie; the sturdy Edwin coming step by step, right foot foremost, always holding his mother's hand. Each child was placed in a chair by the breakfast-table, and then Mr and Mrs Openshaw stood together at the window, awaiting their visitors' appearance and making plans for the day. There was a pause. Suddenly Mr Openshaw turned to Ailsie, and said:

'What a little goosy somebody is with her dreams, wakening up poor, tired mother in the middle of the night, with a story of a man being in the room.'

'Father! I'm sure I saw him,' said Ailsie, half-crying. 'I don't want to make Norah angry; but I was not asleep, for all she says I was. I had been asleep—and I wakened up quite wide awake, though I was so frightened. I kept my eyes ne. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I seem to agree with the other readers, the first three stories were very good and the last two not that good. The themes for "The Manchester Marriage" by Elizabeth Gaskell and "A Mere Interlude" by Thomas Hardy are similar, but with different consequences; I had decided after reading "Far From The

I really enjoyed the first two stories (The Manchester Marriage by Elizabeth Gaskell and A Mere Interlude by Thomas Hardy). I also liked A Faithful Heart by George Moore. The last two I didn't like at all; Walter Besant'sThe Solid Gold Reef Company, Limited was badly written, and Henry James' The Tr

I've actually been considering purchasing a Kindle so I decided to try the Stanza app first just to test the waters as it were and this is one of the first books I uploaded.

My main interest was in reading Gaskell's short story which I enjoyed, same with the Thomas Hardy and even the George Moore, th

The 2 stars rating is just because horror is not my cup of tea. The book is actually good. The horror is subtle and it's well written. It wasn't that scary but you can vividly imagine the fear that haunts the characters.
The book consists of 4 stories:
1. The Open Door - about a ghost that haunted a d

Gostei bastante deste livro e é uma leitura que vos aconselho. Por se tratar de um livro de contos, falo primeiro sobre cada um destes contos (nove ao todo) e no final faço uma pequena apreciação global, que espero que sirva para vos dar vontade de ler este livrinho.

" História da Velha Ama" de El

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This book was pretty good, I love ghost stories but I have to say that these weren’t as interesting as I thought. Overall I would recommend people to read it.

Mūsdienās šāda tipa spoku stāsti vairs nav modē un tīri vai žēl - bija interesanti palasīties. Biedējoši jau nav, tomēr neomulību gan vietumis var uzdzīt.

Spoku stāsti kaut kā...pavilka mazliet vairāk kā šausmu stāsti. :)

"Stories of Successful Marriages" is a rather interesting subtitle for this collection of five short stories. I can't decide if this is a deliberate attempt at irony, or a pointed insight on what might have passed for a "successful marriage" according to Victorian mores - apparently "Stockholm Syndr

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