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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 better freedoms of the 20 th century. This highly well known novel (thirty variations, six million copies offered) examines female and male sexuality, extending the idea of latest girl feminism and presenting a brand new masculinity to check 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 a variety of the main fiercely defended ideologies of its time. for contemporary readers acquainted with overdue Victorian conventions, it keeps its energy to shock and surprise, and extends our wisdom and figuring out of the ways that Victorian writers mirrored and built social attitudes. For all readers, then as now, it truly is mesmerisingly readable. This new version will expand knowing of women's writing of the interval, and introduces a brand new new release of readers to the paintings of a as soon as renowned and regularly engrossing novelist, Victoria pass (a pen identify of Annie Sophie Cory).

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Above, the Burmah sky of silver blue; below, the broad Burmah road with its countless forms in white and blue and yellow passing up and down, and its bullock-carts with their heavy large white bullocks moving slowly in from the teak forests that lie towards the west. I leaned on the rail of the balcony and looked down, realising how truly the East was in my blood. It seemed my home, its air my native air. With all its miseries and its sins I loved it and I knew that I did. The wish of my childhood, boyhood and youth had been accomplished.

The old woman's words: 'Five years! ' rang in my ears. It is a curious fact how, if we are in an unpleasant position, another person's sympathy or pity seems to stamp it into our minds and bring out sharply its most disagreeable points. She saw the position more clearly than I did. She had seen my predecessor come and go. She knew, probably, more of the way in which heat and silence can work on the white man's brain than I did. My thoughts were decidedly unpleasant as I stared up into the great arch above me.

Lihuli is a place with a very large but straggling population, and without those grand buildings, tombs, temples and mosques one stumbles over at every turn in the native cities of India. Nothing but piles of irregular, badly-built, badly-kept mud, plaster and stone houses leaning against each other, one on the top of the other, as if an earthquake had shaken them together, met my eyes on the left of the broad road I was traversing. And this was the town. On the other side of it lay a wide flowing stream, doubtless but a dry stony bed for many months in the year, and between the river and the town rose a high stone wall which intervened to prevent the miserable little mud houses slipping into the stream and being swirled away to the great swamps of the plain.

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