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The Making of a Marchioness Paperback – 7 Jul 2010
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The first part of the story relates to her life in a basic room in London, where she earns the devotion of the daughter of the house. How her fortunes change is a fascinating and absorbing read. The second part develops into a melodramatic tale of jealousy and malicious plotting, but even Emily appreciates the melodrama and comments lightly upon it.
The book is a portrait not only of the gentle Emily but also of Victorian and Edwardian life, from the excesses of the upper classes to the hopelessness of women whom marriage has passed by, the uncertainty and despair of those without the means to support themselves. It also reflects the attitudes then prevalent to those of a different race and colour who were generally viewed with suspicion and prejudice.
While it may not be the best of literature, it is easy and enjoyable, and well worth the read.
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