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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant; EasyRead Edition edition (January 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425069665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425069667
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,685,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

English novelist and short story writer Elizabeth Gaskell is known for her biography of Charlotte Bronte. Her works emanate human passions and express reflections on various aspects of society. She wrote for Thomas Hardy's magazine in later life.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Reader's Respite TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 10, 2010
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Published in 1863, A Dark Night's Work is the story of Ellinor Wilkins, daughter to a well-to-do country lawyer in rural England. Having lost her mother and sister at a very young age, Ellinor develops an intense bond with her father and enjoys all of his attention and financial comforts throughout her childhood.

Her bond with Mr. Wilkins is so strong that, as is wont to happen in these circumstances, Ellinor is also blind to his faults, not the least of which are an over-reaching pride and drunkenness. As Ellinor grows into adulthood, she will eventually meet and become engaged to a young man of a noble family.

Just as she is about to float blindly from one comfortable life with her father into another with a husband, tragedy strikes.

Mr. Wilkins, in a fit of drunken rage, commits murder. Desperate to avoid the disgrace, Ellinor, her father and a family servant hide the body.

From here on out, the story is chiefly concerned with the effects of a guilty conscious. Each person concerned deals with the guilt in devastating ways and the effects are far-reaching into the future.

Gaskell's forte with this novella is her examination of character and tragedy. She foreshadows early in the story,

"...it is approaching all of us at this very time; you, reader, I, writer, have each our great sorrow bearing down on us. It may be yet beyond the dimmest point of our horizon, but in the stillness of the night our hearts shrink at the sound of its coming footstep. Well is it for those who fall into the hands of the Lord rather than into the hands of men; but worst of all is it for him who has hereafter to mingle the gall of remorse with the cup held out to him by his doom.
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5 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Smartcat on July 31, 2010
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I found A Dark Night's Work to be very tedious to read as it gets too bogged down in old fashioned, formal language and social class ideals. The story, although potentially interesting, is very slow moving and in the end i decided not to waste time finishing it. Apologies to the author,but that's how I see it.
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