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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 T...more

The first three stories are good. The fourth one is meh. The last one is a monster of commas and pretentiousness and confusion and is wholly awful, although I slogged through it for the GOOD OF MANKIND. Don't make that mistake yourself.

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...more

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,...more

This is a weird little thing. 90 pages on my e-reader full of tales of awkward-turned-right couples, some moraline, some very twisted plots, some descriptions of a very English way of life that is mostly gone.
Just a nice little entertainment for a rainy evening or two.

On the plus side these stories are written by some very famous authors. On the minus side if you are not familiar with the time period and its values you won't "get" the stories. To enjoy give yourself a Victorian time machine.

"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 Sy...more

Kind of a mixed bag. The moral of all these stories is pretty much the opposite of what they would be nowadays - don't make friends with your inlaws because they're just trying to trick you into revealing your clandestine marriage, for example, and don't marry for love, marry a random creepy old...more