Anna Lombard (Late Victorian and Early Modernist Women by Victoria Cross

By Victoria Cross

Showing within the ultimate yr of Victoria's reign, Anna Lombard captured many preoccupations of the fin-de-siecle interval and driven them past the boundaries of Victorian acceptability in the direction of the higher freedoms of the 20 th century. This highly well known novel (thirty versions, six million copies offered) examines female and male sexuality, extending the idea of recent girl feminism and featuring a brand new masculinity to compare it. Its transgressive interracial sexual and social family members are set in a hugely eroticized Indian panorama and opposed to the rigidities of Victorian imperialism. Anna Lombard demanding situations and subverts quite a lot of the main fiercely defended ideologies of its time. for contemporary readers acquainted with past due Victorian conventions, it keeps its strength to shock and surprise, and extends our wisdom and realizing of the ways that Victorian writers mirrored and developed social attitudes. For all readers, then as now, it really is mesmerisingly readable. This new version will expand figuring out of women's writing of the interval, and introduces a brand new new release of readers to the paintings of a as soon as well known and continuously engrossing novelist, Victoria move (a pen identify of Annie Sophie Cory).

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18 VICTORIA CROSS Their diminutiveness was the most striking thing about them. They seemed like little children. ' I asked the woman. 'Eleven, twelve and thirteen,' she answered sharply, looking at me suspiciously. ' 'Old! Good God! no; they're not old enough,' I returned, speaking of course always in her vernacular. The old woman looked relieved, and pulling forward the biggest one by the arm, she brought her close up to me. ' With this she pinched the girl's bosom, and dug her fingers into her neck precisely as poulterers pinch the breasts of their fowls for customers.

At the end of an hour and a half I rose, put on my solar topee and walked out of my compound towards the Lombard's bungalow to make the promised call, only now it was a farewell one. When I reached the house, the servants told me the Miss Sahib had had breakfast one hour ago and had gone out, but only into the compound, and if I would wish to wait in the drawing-room, they would take my card to her. I gave the man a rupee and told him to go within himself, and that I would seek the Miss Sahib in the compound.

This time it was a handsome young fellow with a dark eager face and high colour. 'Well, Gerald, old man, what makes you look so awfully blue? Come and have a pick-me-up, a bitter or something is just what you want. Come along to the bar. You ought to be there too; we're talking the race, you know; there's a fellow there has got all the tips. Now's the time to lay your money. He says Lemon won't be in it. Lemon was the high up favourite. I don't understand it; they say now Parchment is - but you'd better hear it from him.

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