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A Dark Night's Work and Other Stories by Elizabeth Gaskell
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Sep 03, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: british-literature, short-stories, victorian-fiction, authors-gh
Read from August 29 to September 03, 2011 , read count: 1

This is a nice collection of Mrs. Gaskell's short stories (well, the title story is really a novella); I'd only read one before ("The Grey Woman"). There's an impressive range of subject, from the Gothic of "The Grey Woman" to the pastoral of "Cumberland Sheep-Shearers", and of setting, from her own Manchester in "Libbie Marsh's Three Eras" to Switzerland, in "Six Weeks in Heppenheim". I particularly liked "A Dark Night's Work", which had a suspenseful plot and some excellent character studies.
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