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by Francis Hodgson Burnett

A little kindness from anyone makes young Miss Fox-Seton glow. Now she has just pleased herself with a nice idea: how to make her plain, brown dress look a bit closer to the new style for the year -- for her dress must last longer, since she has hardly a penny to her name.

Being of few pennies hardly means being of few resources, however. Miss Fox-Seton keeps herself smart and neat, and with honest cheer applies herself to all the small employments that come her way.

And now she takes joy in the new invitation -- for that sharp-tongued Lady Maria Bayne had just invited her to the country!

Francis Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924), author of The Secret Garden, here tells the tale of an appealing young woman who succeeds in life despite starting off with but the slightest of means.

Download Emily Fox-Seton by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Juvenile Fiction, Classics, Family epub
ISBN: 1603125035
ISBN13: 978-1603125031
Category: Teen
Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
Author: Francis Hodgson Burnett
Language: English
Publisher: Aegypan (March 1, 2008)
Pages: 188 pages
ePUB size: 1736 kb
FB2 size: 1257 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 689
Other Formats: docx mbr lit lrf

Frances Hodgson Burnett is best known for three children's books: The Secret Garden,A Little Princess and Little Lord Fauntleroy. But she wrote an adult novel and it's a fairly good one. If you are a fan of "Downton Abbey" you'll like the setting and drama in this novel, though it gets a bit melodramatic and it's not up to the standards of great English literature, not by a long shot. Burnett, who wrote some of the best children's literature ever, is no Jane Austen or Emily Bronte or Elizabeth Gaskell. Her characters are lightly sketched, her surroundings poorly described, and her plots are definitely melodrama. Still, there is something pleasurable about this novel and the first and third sections are very good. Only the middle is a bit overheated and silly.

Emily Fox-Seton is a young woman of good breeding, with wealthy relatives but no parents, and she is poor. This situation, the poor but well-bred young lady, is a common dilemma for Edwardian and Victorian novels. Such a woman has to find a wealthy but acceptable husband, or live in dire poverty taking in sewing, making hats or being a governess. You know the drill...

Emily Fox-Seton earns her bread by running errands and being a sort of employment agent and party organizer for wealthy, lazy and incompetent women of means, among them Lady Maria of Mallowes. There, being run ragged by Lady Maria, she meets Lord Walderhurst. The widowed marquess is seeking a second wife to bear an heir to the considerable Walderhurst fortune, but isn't really a very ardent fan of women and all that comes with it. Emily promotes the case of an equally poor but castle-raised Irish beauty with a bunch of sisters waiting in the wings to try their luck at a rich husband if she fails to save the family. However, the target of their designs, Lord Walderhurst, has other ideas.

The second book takes place at the Walderhurst estate. The heir apparent (until Walderhurst cracks one out on his own--entailed estate, ya'know) is a boorish cad named Osborn married to an Anglo-Indian beauty with an evil servant, who does all the bad things Hester can't bring herself to do. I think the novel was originally written to have Hester be the villain, but the author split off Hester's bad parts and made her more sympathetic and gave the ayah Ameerah the dirty work to do along with Osbourn. The entire section is dripping with melodrama and comes off like a third-rate penny dreadful. Sad, as the novel began so well.

Emily and Walderhurst face a huge challenge. You know someone is going to die but then there is a surprise turn. The end, however, peters out as if it was hastily shut off. T This is fluff, but it's the kind of fluff you might like if you like romantic novels and British period dramas.
Love the story especially after I watched the TV version, "Making of a Lady". But the type is so small it's hard too read. I am an avid reader and I have never received a good with type this small. It's the size of footnotes and most people would need a magnifying glass to read it! If you like Frances Hodgson Burnett buy the book from another publisher. My eyes are literally strained trying to get through this.
Lady Emily is as sweet a heroine as one could root for. An enjoyable read for lovers of Victorian British Literature.
Just recently found out about this book! Loved it. Knew about "The Little Princess" "Secret Garden." This was a pleasant surprise.
good read- enjoyable.
I gave one star to the printed book, not to the content which I enjoyed. But the print quality is truly deficient and would had given no stars at all except the system did not allow me. It almost looked like a "home made" xerox copy. Also, in Chapter 6, pages 108 and 109 were missing (page 110 being printed on back of 107). In Chapter 18, pages 328 and 329 are repeated five times! Definitely, no quality control. Since then I downloaded the e-readers version in my nook and enjoyed reading the complete version.
A wonderfully insightful book and also dryly funny in many ways
One if the best books to read to get a real feel for the Victorians not the usual caricature
A perfect and beautiful read by a great author. The PBS version is a great follow up if you are a fan of Burnett.