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Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins

Free download Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins 107 When a handsome unscrupulous fortune hunter approaches Harriet a young woman of means whom most people would call ha it is a sad thing that Jenkins 1934 novel is not better known perhaps the darkness realism and tragedy that form the basis of this novel s insights on humanity s often predatory nature has precluded it from being embracedthe premise is simple enough take a natural from any given Austen novel those simple minded childish often greedy but also often innately sweet women who the central heroines usually have to protect or at least work around and set her in a starkly realistic setting approximately 50 years later filled with characters who truly will do what they feel they have to do to obtain money and comfort although the language is similar charmingly nuanced and understated dialogue descriptive passages that are wry and subtle characters who are pleasingly well spoken and well mannered the result is very far from a comedy of manners Harriet s narrative is instead a grueling series of escalating predations and degradations politely told because most people with no sense but some money do not have a Jane Austen heroine around to guide and protect them the discomfort this novel creates comes not just from the horrors that are visited upon the heroine but also from the inclusion of classic characters and situations that are instantly recognizable from the range of light comedies of manner that have been read and re read over time greed is a killer and predators will do anything to rationalize their predatory behavior even to themselves particularly in a milieu where polite conversation and manners are as important as currencya dark and forgotten classic one that is pitiless and passionless in its depictions of human cruelty the novel is both subtle and furious in its underlying assessment of the avariciousness that can drive that cruelty

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Free download Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins 107 Lf witted no good can result Elizabeth Jenkins's artistry however transforms the bare facts of this case from the an One of Persephone s darkest novels based on the true story of the 1877 Penge Murder caseA story of crueltygreed and passion this book may not be everyone s cup of tea but it is so well written by Elizabeth JenkinsI was hooked from the start and wanted to know what happenedRecommended for true crime fans

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Free download Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins 107 Nals of Victorian England's Old Bailey into an absolutely spine chilling exploration of the depths of human depravit It was a crime involving almost unbelievable callousness and cruelty A half witted young woman named Harriet who had inherited a small fortune was living happily and securely in the care of her mother Lewis Staunton a good looking young man and a relentless criminal saw his opportunity and making love to the innocent ignorant creature got her away from her mother s protection and married her He then arranged for her to be boarded with his brother Patrick Staunton and the latter s wife Elizabeth while he set up home with his mistress Elizabeth s sister Alice The most horrible feature of this case was the slow starvation by neglect of Harriet and her baby She was kept in a fireless room with half the window boarded up despite the frantic efforts of her mother to reach her The baby died and she herself was nearly dead when she was taken by the three Stauntons to Penge Here a nurse was engaged but the victim emaciated and filthy died within a few hours The Stauntons tried to have her buried immediately but the doctor who was asked to sign the death certificate demanded a coroner s inuest This brought on an inuiry and finally the trial From The View from Downshire Hill by Elizabeth Jenkins Elizabeth Jenkins learned of the terrible events that became known as the Penge Case when her brother became an articled clerk with a firm of solicitors whose founder had led the prosecution She was intrigued she read about it in Great British Trials and then she wrote the story as a novel It was a commercial success it won a major literary prize ahead of some very strong opposition and now it has been reissued by Persephone Books It is a very dark story than many of those who love Persephone Books may shy away from but I suspect it will also draw in others who didn t realise uite how strong and how diverse the Persphone list is I hope they will learn and I hope that those who are wary will place their trust in a fine novelist and a lovely publisher Because this really is an extraordinary piece of writing I read The View from Downshire Hill Elizabeth Jenkins sadly out of print autobiography a few year ago and so I was familiar with the story of Harriet before I was able to read the book I knew exactly what would happen but still I was captivated Because Elizabeth Jenkins wrote so beautifully and with such understanding of the characters she recreated and of their psychology I was particularly moved by Mrs Ogilvy Harriet s mother She loved her daughter but she was clear sighted and practical and she did her very very best for her She encouraged Harriet to take an interest in her clothes and nice things she involved her in the running of their household and she encouraged her to pay visits to family and friends It sounds simple and yes it is but I think it is the finest portrayal of mother love that I have ever read Mrs Ogilvy was horrified when Lewis Staunton began to court her daughter after meeting her at a cousin s house She saw him for what he was a charming clever unscrupulous amoral young man Harriet would be described today as having learning difficulties Her expressions were a little odd she was childish and she was insensitive to the feelings of others Her mother realised that Harriet s suitor had been drawn to her wealth and the expectation of a significant inheritance from an aunt of her late husband And she learned that Lewis Staunton was clever that he could play on her daughter s love of romance that he could twist her mother s concerns into something dark and sinister in her daughter s mind She tried but she couldn t save her daughter My heart broke for her I grew up with a brother like Harriet but with serious problems and I see so many echoes of my mother in Mrs Ogilvy My brother s death shattered my mother and she has become steadily mentally frail since then That s why I find it difficult to move away from that side of the story And why I am so very very moved by Mrs Ogilvy by the way she kept her daughter by her side and devoted her life to her in an age where it would have been uite acceptable to have her daughter put away I so wish I could reach out to her but I can t and I must move on Mrs Ogilvy s story is set against the story of her daughter and her relationship with the Stauntons There is never a plan to neglect or to rid themselves of Harriet But envy of her wealth and possessions slowly turns into a belief that they should be theirs irritation with Harriet slowly turns into a belief that she should be kept out of their sight It s horrible and it rings so horribly true Because Elizabeth Jenkins illuminates the inner lives of all her characters so wonderfully well The story is full of well chosen details and it is told with wonderful subtlety Harriet s decline is not viewed directly but understood from the behaviour and attitudes of those around her I wish I could say but I am emotionally drained and I am very nearly lost for words This is a true story made into a wonderfully literary beautifully written acutely understood psychological novel And it is true story that needed to be retold so I must applaud Elizabeth Jenkins for telling it and Persephone Books for bringing it back into the light


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    EBOOK or KINDLE (Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins) BY Elizabeth Jenkins Elizabeth Jenkins ´ 7 Free download review Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins it is a sad thing that Jenkins' 1934 novel is not better known perhaps the darkness realism and tragedy that form the basis of this novel's insights on humanity's often predatory nature has precluded it from being embracedthe premise is simple enough take a natural from any given Austen novel those simple minded childish often greedy but also often innately sweet women who the central heroines usually have to protect or at least

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    EBOOK or KINDLE (Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins) BY Elizabeth Jenkins Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins was my first Persephone and I feel this isn't the typical story that Persephone publishes it's dark gritty upsettin

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    EBOOK or KINDLE (Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins) BY Elizabeth Jenkins Summary Ð eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Elizabeth Jenkins Elizabeth Jenkins ´ 7 Free download As always I'm chatty Cathy about this book so if you want the longie you can go here; otherwise carry on with the short versionOriginally written in 1934 Harriet is based on an actual British murder case from the 1870s known as The Penge Murder Mystery It is one of the disturbing books I've read although I must s

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    EBOOK or KINDLE (Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins) BY Elizabeth Jenkins Review of the Persephone editionYou can see where this is going and you can see it's going to be a very depressing read I happened to read the information inside the dust jacket at the back that tells you about the author I don't look at the information inside dust jacket at the frontthat tells you about the book as I have found Persephone books are prone to spoilers But for some reason the author information gives a massive spoi

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    EBOOK or KINDLE (Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins) BY Elizabeth Jenkins Summary Ð eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Elizabeth Jenkins review Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins This faction the biographer and sometime novelist Jenkins name for her stories based on real life circumstances and documentation but extrapolated and filled out beyond biography is perhaps one of the most distressing things I've read in ages I kept wanting to skip ahead as I read in the hope that everything would be OK but I hung back becau

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  • Paperback
  • 313
  • Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins
  • Elizabeth Jenkins
  • English
  • 20 May 2020
  • 9781903155875