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A London Girl of the Eighties

300 pagine5 ore


In A London Girl of the Eighties, which was first published in 1936, British author Molly Hughes vividly evokes the small, everyday pleasures of a close family life in Victorian London: joyful Christmases, blissful holidays in Cornwall, escapades with her brothers, and schooldays under the redoubtful Miss Buss. Her intensive recollection of college life at Cambridge and her first teaching jobs creates an easy intimacy with the reader and provides a fascinating glimpse into another world, full of everyday period detail, vividly and humorously told.

“NONE of the characters in this book are fictitious. The incidents, if not dramatic, are at least genuine memories. Expressions of jollity and enjoyment of life are understatements rather than overstatements. We were just an ordinary, suburban, Victorian family, undistinguished ourselves and unacquainted with distinguished people. It occurred to me to record our doings only because, on looking back, and comparing our lot with that of the children of today, we seemed to have been so lucky. In writing them down, however, I have come to realize that luck is at one’s own disposal, that ‘there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so’. Bring up children in the conviction that they are lucky, and behold they are. But in our case high spirits were perhaps inherited, as my story will show.

“DON PEDRO. In faith, lady, you have a merry heart.

“BEATRICE. Yea, my lord; I thank it, poor fool, it keeps on the windy side of care.”

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