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Elizabeth seems very limited in her interests but is at her best describing the joys of the garden
on 18 June 2017
I found it less charming than I expected and Elizabeth less agreeable than I had expected her to be. She is also somewhat affected - of course the book was written over a hundred years ago, and does not refer to her family by their names. We have the 'babies' the April, baby, the May baby, the June baby and the 'Man of Wrath', who seems just to be a pompous reactionary bore. Elizabeth seems very limited in her interests but is at her best describing the joys of the garden. These descriptions are often charming. But she is disdainful of guests and rude to them.. Her silly little snobberies are not amusing or pleasant to a 21st century reader, She is a self-absorbed and not very kind person, apparently unaware of her life of tremendous privilege.