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4.0 out of 5 stars Story of a young woman stuggling to make her way, 27 May 2007
This review is from: High Wages (Paperback)
The title of this book is taken from the old saying

"Experience doth take dreadfully high wages, but she teaches like none other."

Tells the story of Jane Carter. Her mother had died when she was little and her father first remarried and then also died. Jane's stepmother decries the "fancy schools" to which her parents had sent her, and insists that she goes out to work.

Jane came to the market town of Tidsley for an afternoon, saw a job in a draper's shop advertised which includes "live-in" accomodation, and jumps at the opportunity both the earn a living and escape from her stepmother's home. At first her reward for initiative and hard work is to be cheated out of part of her earnings. However, Jane endears herself to her customers and eventually manages to set up in business for herself.

Also included in the story is her re-introduction to the world of literature, and a romantic triangle - or rather in this case, a romantic pentagon - which includes the husband of a local heiress, and the library assistant who has introduced Jane to the beauty of the written word but has what appears at first to be an unrequited fascination with her own beauty.

The story was written in 1930, is set in the early years of the 20th Century including the period of the first world war. It is an interesting social portrait of that period.
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