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The Lottery

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  2 reviews
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
Paperback, 59 pages
Published June 10th 1996 by Phoenix (Orion Books) (first published 1799)
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Sep 10, 2008 Martine rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
"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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