Author: Elizabeth Gaskell
My Rating: 4 of 5
Good for ages: 10+
Summary: A collection of vignettes that tell of Miss Mattie and Miss Deborah in their little town of Cranford. Told in the first person by Mary, a friend of Miss Mattie through both personal encounters and letters.
My Thoughts: I had watched the BBC production before I ever read the book. The movie combines the various vignettes into one continuous story so it was a little difficult to get into the stories at first.
The characters are lovable and the stories sweet.
My Favorite Quotes:
“Out of the way! We are in the throes of an exceptional emergency! This is no occassion for sport- there is lace at stake!”
“But I was right. I think that must be an hereditary quality, for my father says he is scarcely ever wrong.”
“A man,” as one of them observed to me once, “is so in the way in the house!”