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she was......dead!

As some of you know, I love Victorian "sensation novels" like The Woman in White and Lady Audley's Secret (the latter was recommended to me by none other than Sarah Waters, when I interviewed her, and I shall be forever gratfeul, because it's fantastic). Anyway, a few months ago I found a copy of the infamous East Lynne by Mrs Henry Wood, whence come the famous melodramatic lines "gone, gone and never called me mother!" It was brilliant, but none of her other books are in print, and I find most online books (ala gutenberg) really hard to read.

But then! This afternoon I thought I'd have another look, and on this fabulous site, I found this link. And I've spent the entire afternoon reading it, and it's great! Very easy on the eye (in my iBook, anyway), and very exciting. Three melodramatic deaths in the first five chapters! If you're bored at work (or indeed at home), and you like OTT Victoriana, I strongly recommend it. Just scroll down the page for a link to the full thrilling text. I actually now wish I didn't have to go out tonight, because I just want to stay at home and read more of it!


Dec. 8th, 2003 03:47 am (UTC)
And my dad too! "Gone, gone", I mean. I've known the phrase since birth, but didn't know where it was from until recently.

And I cried (cried!) at that ridiculous scene when I read the book. I am, as I think has oft been proved, a sap.

My family say "spring is sprung" sometimes too. In fact, now I come to think of if, half our conversations seem to be comprised of odd quotations! Of course, the most oft used is "as any fool kno"....


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