I bought this thinking it might be like her brother's better known novels but it is not exactly the same sort of thing. It is a rather a gentle read, amusing in places, moving in others; the story is not exactly a page turner and the early parts are a little slow but it is worth persevering. Essentially it is the story of a decent young man who is subjected to much ill usage by family, friends and neighbours but manages to retain a Pollyanna-ish outlook on life despite it all. His search for a true friend results in his marriage to the paragon Camilla and for a time they live happily with her brother and sister in law. A number of characters are used to illustrate the manifold foibles of humanity in an amusing and satirical style and there are several stories within stories. The final section contains unrelieved misery and concentrated cynicism as the characters are thrown into poverty through no real fault of their own and find little support from their supposed friends. Don't expect a happy ending but the period language is a delight.
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David Simple17 May 2000
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An emotional story about a simple man and his three friends, all of whom are just looking for honest people in life and a place where they can all just live together and mind their own business. A bit like an eighteenth-century version of "Friends" or "Party of Five."