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Mr. Hogarth's Will

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I do not know that the preacher brought out the particular point; but we are made such dependent beings, not only on God, but on each other, that we do indirectly profit by what we do not purchase by our own effort or pains. We would not choose to have it so; but when Providence brings on ourselves or others sorrows we grieve for, we are right to draw from them all the goo ...more
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published September 28th 2003 by (first published 1865)
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I'd never heard of Catherine Helen Spence before beginning this book. Born in Scotland, she emigrated with her family at the age of 14, and became a suffragette, politician and such a great Australian woman that her portrait is on the $50 note!

Her style reminds me of Austen and the Brontes, which I adore, and this book was published in 1865. A very interesting read, beautifully written, giving an insight of 19th century society in Britain and Australia from a woman's point of view. Even the chap
Well I have finished my first Victorian romance since reading Dickens books as required in school as a youngster. I was surprised how good this reading experience has been. I got it accidentally as a free audiobook from LibraVox and continued it by reading and hearing for about 2 weeks to finish it. The story begins with two young women who have been raised and well educated by their Uncle in Scotland in about the 1880s with an idea of giving them the educational advantages that young middle cla ...more
When eccentric Mr Hogarth dies, he leaves his two nieces with nothing but a scientific education, trusting that they will make their own way in the world, while he leaves his fortune to his son by an irregulat marriage, whom he has never had contact with.

Very interesting book that reminds me of some of Elizabeth Gaskell's novels. There is somewhat of a feminist message, though the romantic genre requires that both sisters end up happily married.
An interesting contrast to the Austen-type novels where the protagonist is poor but pretty and charming and improves her lot by marrying rich. In this one, the protagonists are wealthy sisters who are left out in the cold by their Uncle's unexpected disbursement of his funds, and who have to learn to make their way in the world by honest work - for which there is very little opportunity given. Their struggle to rely upon their real merits of skill, honesty, and caring for others rather than in b ...more
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Scottish-born Australian author, teacher, journalist, politician and leading suffragette.
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