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Old 08-05-2012, 07:40 PM   #2
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I loved that opening chapter with its marvellously ironic presentation of the characters of the three sisters and their various marriages. But the darkness starts early. The sister who has made the bad marriage has a husband "disabled . . . But not the less equal to company and good liquor.". Further, she is experiencing her "ninth lying-in" in eleven years.
So already we see a very different view of life than in the earlier novels.
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