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A Simple Story
Oxford World's Classics
When Miss Milner announces her passion for her guardian, a Catholic priest, she breaks through the double barrier of religious vocation and society's standards of `proper' womanly behaviour. Her love is legitimized when Dorriforth is released from his vows, but she finds her own unorthodox nature cannot conform to a marriage where her husband continues to be a stern moral guide. With a surenees of touch that prefigures Jane Austen, Elizabeth Inchbald shows that there
is no simple answer to their predicament, and that their conflict can only be resolved in the next generation.
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What Reviewers Are Saying
'this 1792 novel deserves its place for its charm, its readability and as an early expression of the need for women to have a reasonable education'
David Holloway, Sunday Telegraph 'Excellent text, well edited.'
Henry Merritt, C.C.A.T. 'Excellent choice of reprint'
I. A. Bell, Aberystwyth 'A charming marginally pre-Austen tale'
Shirley de Kock, Southern Africa Cape Times 'well worth reading, standing as it does at a watershed of the English novel'
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