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Will Warburton

George Gissing

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. . .I asked her this morning if she didn't think she could find some way of remembering to put the salt on the table. And she looked at me very solemnly, and said, 'Indeed, I will, miss. I'll put it into my prayers, just after 'our daily bread.'"

Mrs. Cross saw nothing in this but profanity. She turned the attack on Bertha, who, by her soft way of speaking, simply encouraged the servants, she declared, in negligence and insolence.

"Look at it in this way, mother," replied the girl, as soon as she was suffered to speak. "To be badly served is bad enough, in itself; why make it worse by ceaseless talking about it, so leaving ourselves not a moment of peace and quiet? I'm sure I'd rather put the salt on the table myself at every meal, and think no more about it, than worry, worry, worry over the missing salt-cellars from one meal to the next. Don't you feel, dear mother, that it's shocking waste of life?"

"What nonsense you talk, child! Ar. . . Read More

Community Reviews

"Yes, the accident of possessing money; a life to depend upon that! In another station--though, as likely as not, with no moral superiority to justify the privilege--the sick woman would be guarded, soothed, fortified by every expedient of science, every resource of humanity. Chance to be poor an...more

Will Warburton: A Romance Of Real Life is the last novel of George Gissing, it was written while he was dying and was not published until 1905, two years after his death. I read this immediately after his novel "In The Year Of Jubilee" for no reason other than it was next on my bookshelf. I almos...more

Gissing's Romance Of Real Life

George Gissing's (1857 - 1903) last completed novel "Will Warburton: a Romance of Real Life" was published posthumously in 1904. Frequently overlooked or downplayed among his works, "Will Warburton" shows marked shifts for Gissing. Moving from his characteristic pess...more

..all I can say is anything by George Gissing is great reading..my fav by him was New Grub Street....more