With two episodes of the Masterpiece adaptation behind me, I figured I should read this to avoid having it completely spoiled. The film writers had a job adapting this, I have to say, with the novel's first person narration, ironic narrative voice, and the serial nature with characters/plotlines coming and going quickly. I wonder where some of the film characters - Dr. Harrison, for one, or the little boy who poaches - who don't appear at all in the novel come from...are they in one of Elizabeth Gaskell's short stories, or are they complete fabrications? Anyway, I quite liked the novel - I read a 1900 edition with awesome illustration's and chapter headings. You can really tell it was published as a serial - it is not so cohesive a whole as North and South or Wives and Daughters. But the ladies of Cranford are all so wonderful - so very Mrs. Lynde-esque - that the episodes are lent cohesion through their discussions of them.