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Good Lady Ducayne

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I put her down at a hundred--not a year less, ' replied the parson. 'Her reminiscences all go back to the Regency. She was evidently then in her zenith; and I have heard her say things that showed she was in Parisian society when the First Empire was at its best--before Josephine was divorced.'
Paperback, 48 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1869)
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Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, vampires
This is a great story, the kind that really creeps you out because everything seems so . . . normal, at first. But strange things are afoot, and there's more going on beneath the surface than people realize.

The characters in the novella seem like average people, living their Victorian era lives. A genteel but poor young woman making her living as a companion to an older, wealthy woman- this is the very archetype of fiction. But this is no cliched story. I thoroughly enjoyed- well written, and I
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I heard about this short story in one of my lectures and just had to read it. I loved Lady Audley's secret and while Good Lady Ducayne made not quite the same Lasting Impression me, it was still a fun read.

The protagonist is a somewhat naive 18-year-old who tries to support herself and her mother by working as a companion to an old woman. While Bella is often frustratingly naive and innocent, the story still manages to creep under your Skin as you realize that something is not quite right.
Nov 09, 2012 rated it liked it
What a clever story and interesting take on the popular vampire myth during the Victorian era. Ingenious way of combining science and the fantastical, logic and the macabre. Sparkling wit, captured me where previously Mary Shelley had failed to do so in a similar vein. Can't wait to read more of Braddon's works!
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gothic
This story is charmingly-written, after a disctintly quaint fashion.
But spare me plots involving impoverished innocent bourgeois girls rescued in the nick of time by the extreme manliness of a yuppie bachelor who happened to fall in pity with her!
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasia
Bueno para un rato.
Jun 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, horror
Buena narrativa, historia simple. Aunque el hecho de que mantenga siempre un aura de misterio algo macabra fue la mejor parte.
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love Mary Elizabeth Braddon. This was a great short story about a life extension experiment gone horribly wrong set in quaint English enclaves in the Italian Riviera.

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Mary Elizabeth Braddon was a British Victorian era popular novelist. She was an extremely prolific writer, producing some 75 novels with very inventive plots. The most famous one is her first novel, Lady Audley's Secret (1862), which won her recognition and fortune as well. The novel has been in print ever since, and has been dramatised and filmed several times.

Braddon also founded Belgravia Magaz
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