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Isabel

You beat the Valentine's day rush!

Sounds like a nice story.

Congrats on finishing another book for the challenge.

Dorothy W.

It WILL be interesting to see how many of them are happy! I've got two Braddon novels on my shelves -- must get to them one of these days!

Victoria

That doesn't sound like the Braddon I have read at all ('Lady Audley's Secret'), which was all murder and bigamy. But stil, I think it would have been quite a scandolous story in its day. I know that being an actress was often considered as bad as being a prostitute and the world of the theatre was considered very 'loose'.

Danielle

Isabel--This is about as Valentine-ish as I'll get this month--LOL.
Dorothy--There's a Wilkie Collins story in the anthology--maybe I should try him next. Surely there must be a happy ending somewhere.
Victoria--I didn't give away the whole story, so maybe it is along the lines of what Braddon writes. Here's the spoiler....(stop reading if you don't want to know)...the Lord she falls for snares Stowall in a game of Faro and makes it look as though he's cheating and calls him into a duel. He kills him thinking that now Barbara is free to marry him, but she has consumption (she never shared this with anyone) and after a performance on stage Hazlemere thinks they can finally run off together and be happy, but she dies--alas--her "Last Appearance". Happiness all around. It probably was shocking that she not only married and actor but became one. Even though she fell for another man she was virtuous, but she still dies in the end with happiness elusive. So there was murder. I guess I was expecting an opium addict or something--Lydia Gwilt has set the standard for me and now I'll be comparing vamps to her (not that Barbara was a vamp...).

Jaimie

You must have some library where you live because you have come away with great books! This sounds like a fun read. Victorians have this great way of writing that is moral and steamy at the same time. And your right about women's position in society. Things were really heating up around that time!

LK

I adore the Oxford collections -- must find this one.

Danielle

Jaimie--I'm lucky to work at an academic library and also have access to the public library. In the case of this book I bought it at my public library's book sale (they happen four times a year and I usually find some good books!). And I really like Victorian Lit--you're right there was lots going on at the time.
LK--I love these anthologies, too. It's a great way to get a variety of short stories about one subject or writings from just one period. I grab, them, too whenever I come across cheap ones.

Danielle

Jaimie--I'm lucky to work at an academic library and also have access to the public library. In the case of this book I bought it at my public library's book sale (they happen four times a year and I usually find some good books!). And I really like Victorian Lit--you're right there was lots going on at the time.
LK--I love these anthologies, too. It's a great way to get a variety of short stories about one subject or writings from just one period. I grab, them, too whenever I come across cheap ones.

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