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  • Published: 7 August 2007
  • ISBN: 9780141905433
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 624

The Old Wives' Tale




A long-neglected twentieth century masterpiece about the lives of two sisters, spanning seventy years of the nineteenth century from Northern England to Paris

First published in 1908, The Old Wives' Tale affirms the integrity of ordinary lives as it tells the story of the Baines sisters--shy, retiring Constance and defiant, romantic Sophia--over the course of nearly half a century. Bennett traces the sisters' lives from childhood in their father's drapery shop in provincial Bursley, England, during the mid-Victorian era, through their married lives, to the modern industrial age, when they are reunited as old women. The setting moves from the Five Towns of Staffordshire to exotic and cosmopolitan Paris, while the action moves from the subdued domestic routine of the Baines household to the siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War.

  • Published: 7 August 2007
  • ISBN: 9780141905433
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 624

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