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Spotlight on Victorian mores
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 April 2013
A splendidly thorough exploration of the story the dysfunctional Marsden family, whose daughters were subjected to one of the worst types of rigorous Victorian upbringing, accused of self-abuse by a French governess and then packed off to live with the governess in Paris. Neglected by their widowed father, who has since married a new wife, the girls' mental and physical wellbeing deteriorate in the care of the harshly disciplinarian governess, with disastrous results. The ensuing trials and the examination of the later lives of the survivors give a great insight into the culture and attitudes of the times.