Simple Story, A, by Mrs. Inchbald. ‘A Simple Story’ was written, as the preface to the first edition tells us, under the impulse of necessity in It is divided into. A Simple Story by the actress, playwright and novelist Elizabeth Inchbald has remained enduringly popular and almost continuously in print since its first. A Simple Story. Elizabeth INCHBALD ( – ). The story could really have been simple: Miss Milner, who is admired for her beauty and.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A Simple Story by Elizabeth Inchbald. When Miss Milner announces her passion for her guardian, a Catholic priest, she breaks through the double barrier of his religious vocation and 18th-century British society’s standards of proper womanly behavior.
Like other women writers of her time, Elizabeth Inchbald concentrates on the question of a woman’s “proper education,” and her sureness of touch and subtlety of c When Miss Milner announces her passion for her guardian, a Catholic priest, she breaks through the double barrier of his religious vocation and 18th-century British society’s standards of proper womanly behavior.
Like other women writers of her time, Elizabeth Inchbald concentrates on the question of a woman’s “proper education,” and her sureness of touch and subtlety of characterization prefigure Jane Austen’s work. PaperbackOxford World’s Classicspages. Published November 19th by Oxford University Sijple first published To elizaveth what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about A Simple Storyplease sign up. Is this a clean book? See 2 questions about A Simple Story…. Lists with This Book. Inchbald’s A Simple Story is quite aptly titled—the story at its core is indeed simple.
While it doesn’t shine plotwise, Inchbald’s real strength is her characters. In a time ripe with virtuous characters, Inchbald’s Dorriforth and particularly Miss Milner must have felt like a breath of fresh air. Her characters have both admirable qualities and flaws. I imagine the readers of Inchbald’s simpl were quite intrigued, even when they were scandalized by her heroine’s less stellar qualities. I found t Inchbald’s A Simple Story is quite aptly titled—the story at its core is indeed simple.
I found the first two volumes of this book to be delightful if not without flaws. At that time it took guts to write a not-so-virtuous heroine like Miss Milner and give her a happy ending. It’s only for a imchbald while. Because volumes three and four reestablished the status quo with a vengeance.
Perhaps it was Inchbald’s way of not going too far. It’s understandable, as society wasn’t skmple forgiving when it came to women, and I imagine unmarried widowed in Inchbald’s case female novelists were among the first in line for societal derision. Woman gotta toe that line, I suppose. Still, volumes three and four made me want to get stabby. Really fucking stabby, if I’m honest.
Two stars is as high as I can go. Though I’m still kind of fascinated by Inchbald herself. Dec 08, Scarlettfish rated it it was amazing. This is an amazing novel. It’s very different from most 18th-century novels.
It’s way more naturalistic, in that it’s not as mannered and self-consciously ‘literary’ as a lot of the other novels of the time. Which is not to say that they are bad, it’s just that this is just so different. The latter half of the novel, which deals with the heroine of the first half’s daughter, is very different, but the force of sexuality from the first half of t This is an amazing novel.
A Simple Story by Elizabeth Inchbald
The latter half of the novel, which deals with the heroine of the first half’s daughter, is very different, but the force of sexuality from the first half of the novel is still there. This is an amazingly thoughtful and intriguing novel, and it deserves to be amongst the canon of great classics, because this is simply one of the greatest novels I’ve ever read.
The back gave nothing awaya well paced story with a few twists. Loved the last volume where all ends happily. Aug 04, Moriartyandherbooks rated it really liked it. It didn’t change my life, but this was SUCH an unexpected piece of work! The back does not even begin to tell you the full plot of this story, which is good because I ended up being pleasantly surprised!
I expected the usual “she confesses her love, and then they marry” which either takes forever or happens quickly and then the rest of the book it just talks about how their marriage is doomed. Like the last part, I just loved that eeee! Don’t want to give spoilers, but this was just such a great read! You can read my impressions here Sep 01, Esther rated it really liked it Shelves: This was such a surprise!
It’s well-written, engaging, and scandalous. I felt the characters were depicted quite realistically; their flaws were explored in detail, the changes of their dispositions over a lifetime made sense, and their interactions with each other were nuanced and intriguing. One character’s persistent self-sabotage was hard to read, but realistic.
Another character’s implacability and resentment called to mind Mr Darcy, whose “good opinion, once lost, is lost forever” – yet th This was such a surprise! Another character’s implacability and resentment called to mind Mr Darcy, whose “good opinion, once lost, is lost forever” – yet this character trait was really taken to the extreme. I found the dramatic twists really threw me, especially as they were at times so sudden.
Also, this book express equally the flaws of men and women, yet at the end no badly-behaving man has excused himself, been punished, or even really changed – while the women are subjected to a moral about which one received the more “proper education” to guide their behaviour. I can’t take for granted the improvement in Mr Darcy’s mind and character now that I’ve read this!
Feb 19, Catherine rated it really liked it.
I’m giving this novel four stars because it explores that unusual and electrifying topic: The novel begins with Miss Milner who dominates and powers the entire book despite being absent for the latter half of the novel as a young coquette who falls in love with her guardian, Lord Dorriforth.
It is Miss Milner who, Lovelace-like, is I’m giving this novel four stars because it explores that unusual and electrifying topic: It is Miss Milner who, Lovelace-like, is attracted by the very quality which debars the fulfillment of desire, the beloved’s purity Miss Milner’s wit, her sexuality, her will to dominate, threaten the masculine rule slizabeth by her guardian.
May 12, Margaret rated it liked it Shelves: Elizabeth Inchbald was a late 18th-century actress and playwright who also wrote two books, of which this one is the better known; the other, Nature and Artis hard to find nowadays, though you can read it at Project Gutenberg. A Simple Story is a penetrating character study, of the passionate Miss Milner and her love for the stern Dorriforth, her guardian, who is also a Catholic priest.
The plot becomes a little didactic, but Inchbald’s gift for characterization is evident on every page: Miss Elizabeth Inchbald was a late 18th-century actress and playwright who also wrote two books, of which this one is the better known; the other, Nature and Artis hard to find nowadays, though you can read it at Project Gutenberg.
This was an effective and enjoyable novel. I preferred the last two volumes compared to the first two, but I think the structure and plot of this novel were my favourite parts, the dual timeline worked really well, and was used in a way that emphasised the differences between the various characters.
Other than that, the characters felt flat, and the story wasn’t my favourite. I’d recommend it if you’re looking for 18th Century novels to read though.
A Simple Story
Dec 28, Bailey Peyton rated it it was ok. I hate when I rate classics so low. I was intrigued by that tawdry premise: I hoped this would read like Thomas Hardy, given the forbidden love and all, but this lacked that passion. My edition is only pages, but it read like I used to adore this style, simply for the fact that Austen was all I’d ever eilzabeth in terms of classics; I ignorantly assumed all writers from the broad terms “classics” wrote in this way and if I found fault with it, I must be stupid.
To me, this was a very by the numbers novel of manners, the characters ran together, but I did feel pity for Miss Milner in the beginning, when everyone including Dorriforth was out to “fix” her; any friends she acquired were manufactured acquaintances. Miss Fenton for example, was meant to serve as a mannerisms tutor for Miss Milner, while all she stirred in the latter was jealousy.
Also, I have to wonder, did inchald two marry for love, or were the motivations a bit askew? Miss Milner did lose her father, and displayed a “wild” disposition; did she subconsciously marry for a father figure to keep her in line?
And did Dorriforth have a harder time leaving the priesthood behind and marry her to satiate some savior complex? Could this be his way of reconciling his sacrilege?
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It’s a great analytical read, but I’m looking for a combo of that and personal enjoyment. Some may say I missed the big picture in this simple story, but that’s the beauty of reading books; we stoey read the same page differently. Mar 08, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: This book quite surprised me! The plot isn’t anything to write home about and is, in fact, kind of infuriating – not so much so that it ruined my enjoyment of the book, but it’s just filled with that typical late 18th century bullshit.
That bullshit makes it interesting because it does a really good job at exposing the issues of the era but it did have me rolling my eyes more than a few times. The thing that really stands out in the novel is elizaveth writing. The prose itself is quite simple and not This book quite surprised me! The prose itself is quite sim;le and not anything outstanding, inchgald the crafting of this book is so well done. The pacing is skillfully done and the shifts between points of view is masterful.