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Preview — Patronage by Maria Edgeworth
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
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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
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...
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.More about Maria Edgeworth...