- File Size: 98 KB
- Print Length: 15 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: April 21, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007WKLEUQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,477,671 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The family's change in financial circumstances came too suddenly; if they were wont to spend as recklessly as all that, there should have been signs of financial strain long before. That part seemed farcical and forced, like the author had to make something happen so that the story could start to develop in the direction she wished it to go.
I did not like Mary's character, as she is presented as a flighty, spoilt miss. Even after her parents' financial situation forces her to change her lifestyle and contemplate marriage, she doesn't seem to change much. While contemplating the thought that, in her reduced circumstances, she is probably more suitable for a lawyer, banker, or someone who works for a living: "She could not bear the thought of being married to someone who engaged in anything except leisure and perhaps a little light farming..." Although we don't see her complaining about her misfortune (she doesn't lament that she can't attend any balls, or that she has to be at her aunt's beck and call) she isn't shown to really develop as a person, except that "making over one gown had given her a taste for practical sewing".Read more ›
I also appreciated the smooth, undramatic transition into the Highcrosses' financial woes. It doesn't need any more forewarning or set-up after the recounting of their purchases and how they couldn't bear to even have last year's styles in their furniture. They spent so extravagantly, the reader is wondering when reality will hit, and so when the creditors arrive, it brings a pleasant sense of justice.
The only criticism I have is that it seems too short -- I was ready to enjoy a much longer story when I reached the last page. And while the implied conclusion is clear as Mr. Clay relates his prospects and they walk into the house, it might have been more satisfying to see the actual commitment of their relationship -- a romantic climax at any level, more than simply leaning on his arm.
I anticipate much more from the author.
Maybe because the book is so short there was not time to give us a better feel for the characters or for the story to truly develop.
The characters were just there and I never did get a true 'picture' of them. Very dry, very boring and very forgettable.
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