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The Lottery

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Maurice and Ellen Robinson are a happy couple until their relation, Mrs Dolly, comes to live with them. It is her idea that they buy a lottery ticket, and when they win five thousand pounds, she encourages them to spend lavishly, a change which will ultimately lead to tragedy.

Maria Edgeworth, celebrated author of Castle Rackrent, has written a morality tale as pertinent to
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Paperback, 59 pages
Published June 10th 1996 by Phoenix (Orion Books) (first published 1799)
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Martine
Sep 10, 2008 Martine rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Jane Austen fans
Did you know they had lotteries back in the late eighteenth century? And did you know that lottery tickets cost so much back then that not-so-wealthy people had to sell a cow in order to be able to afford a ticket? Neither did I, until I read Maria Edgeworth's 'The Lottery', a short story published as a booklet in the Phoenix 60p series.

Edgeworth, of course, was a contemporary and favourite author of Jane Austen's, who commended Edgeworth's Belinda in Northanger Abbey and sent the Irish-born aut
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Matilda
Jan 02, 2016 Matilda rated it liked it
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En ce moment j’ai très peu le temps de lire pour le plaisir, et quand je pourrais le faire je ne suis pas assez détendue pour m’y atteler. Cependant depuis quelques jours j’ai vraiment ressenti le besoin de me plonger dans un monde de fiction de mon choix. Le texte qui a remporté mes suffrages est The lottery de Maria Edgeworth.
Ce petit bouquin je l’avais trouvé à ma librairie anglaise et avais été charmé par son tout petit format me faisant penser aux Mille et une nuits. De plus le nom de Maria
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Zoe
Aug 12, 2015 Zoe rated it it was ok
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Maurice and Ellen are coaxed into buying a lottery ticket by Mrs Dolly, a live-in relative of Maurice's, after she had had the pleasure of seeing what fortunes it could bestow upon someone. Maurice eventually gives in and sells his cow to afford the lottery ticket, to which his and everybody else's surprise wins him 5000. Ellen wants to save, and invest, the winnings so as they can continue living as they always have done, but Mrs. Dolly and Maurice have other ideas. They want to live lavishly, ...more
Michelle
Aug 13, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it
"Money cannot buy you happiness" is the theme of this book. Although written a couple of hundred years ago, the story is quite relevant today. This was an enjoyable quick read with a lesson for all generations.
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Edgeworth was an Anglo-Irish gentry-woman, born in Oxfordshire and later resettling in County Longford. She eventually took over the management of her father's estate in Ireland and dedicated herself to writing novels that encouraged the kind treatment of Irish tenants and the poor by their landlords.
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