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Patronage

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  61 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
He has no right to speak, and certainly no inclination to think hardly of Miss Hauton, replied Godfrey gravely, but with an emotion, which he in vain endeavored to suppress. To change the conversation, he asked her opinion about a figure in the print. She took out her glass, and stooped to look quite closely at it.----"Before you utterly condemn me," continued she, speakin ...more
Paperback, 640 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1814)
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Alison Evans
Apr 12, 2016 Alison Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first one of Maria Edgeworth's novels that I have read, and I enjoyed it very much. Maria Edgeworth was a contemporary of Jane Austen, and their subject matter is similar. The women are all doing their best to find a husband, but this book is wider in scope than Austen's, as it includes the struggles of the sons trying to make their way in the world as well. The story is of two families. Both have 3 sons and 2 daughters but, while the "good" family, the Percies, work hard and are all ...more
Rose A
Feb 16, 2016 Rose A rated it really liked it
I'd been looking forward to reading Patronage for a while, to complete my reading of the four great novels of 1814 (Mansfield Park, Waverley, The Wanderer being the other three) and in some ways it did not disappoint. Maria Edgeworth has an elegant, readable style and the novel encompasses a breadth of content and character types, far greater than Jane Austen's world. From a historical point of view, Patronage provides a wonderful insight into society of the early 19th century from the aristocra ...more
Laura McDonald
Feb 14, 2012 Laura McDonald rated it liked it
This long book took me ages to read. It started really well, and I got into the characters especially some of the "bad" ones. I thought she would have more of a sense of humor, a la Jane Austen, but no. Her tone turned out a bit too moralistic for me, with the "bad" characters in the end suffering from their dependency of patronage, the "good" characters suffering a bit at first from not relying on patronage but in the end turning out the better for relying on their own intelligence, good morals ...more
Sophie
Jul 04, 2016 Sophie rated it it was ok
The copy I bought for my dissertation was only volume three. However, while I mostly skim read this I actually quite enjoyed what I saw.

Not on the same veins as Austen, this novel is more didactic than Austen, while sometimes still funny like Austen.

Maybe I will read this properly, and in its entirety in the future but for now I am happy with how much I have read of it.
Diana
Aug 20, 2011 Diana marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book last week against my better judgement: I already have a whole pile of books waiting to be carted across the Atlantic. But the thing is...I've been wanting to read an Edgeworth novel for some time now and this particular narrative features a character called Sir Percy. So I just HAD to buy it. I HAD to...
Marcy
Jun 21, 2015 Marcy rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up-on
Stopped reading this midway; got sick of the moralizing and preachiness, lack of character development.
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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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