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Lord and Lady Carse of Edinburgh are estranged, but the fiery wife won't give up her home and children without a fight. Her husband has Jacobite sympathies, and Lady Carse has a letter of his which incriminates him. Lord Carse uses his influence to silence her, having her kidnapped, reported dead and transported away to an isolated Hebredean island. Lady Carse has every reason to be angry and full of thoughts of revenge, but throughout her ordeal her own hysterical and selfish behaviour hardly Lord and Lady Carse of Edinburgh are estranged, but the fiery wife won't give up her home and children without a fight.
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Lady Carse has every reason to be angry and full of thoughts of revenge, but throughout her ordeal her own hysterical and selfish behaviour hardly helps her. To get a fair idea of her own character, simply remove the 'C' from the beginning of her name and you get the right idea. It's left to a poor and humble widow to show her the superior example of charity and reason.
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She was at first a most unwilling prisoner, but gradually an instinct for survival let her eat and drink, and ride pillion, and so survive the journey. The Edinburgh newspapers are fed a story of her illness, then of her death, and finally of her burial.
So there is no hue and cry. The story is well-written as one would hope from such an accomplished writer.
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It makes a good audiobook, but probably you will need to listen to it twice before the story and its background become clear to you. Harriet Martineau. English writer, sister of James Martineau, born in Norwich, the daughter of a textile manufacturer of Huguenot descent. In she wrote her first article for the unitarian Monthly Repository; and then produced Devotional Exercises for the Use of Young Persons , and short stories about machinery and wages.
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Her next book was Addresses for the Use of Families In the failure of the house in which she, her mother, and her sisters had placed their money, obliged her to earn her living. In she became a successful author through writing tales based on economic or legal ideas, in Illustrations of Political Economy, followed by Poor Laws and Paupers Illustrated , and settled in London. After a visit to the U. From to she was an invalid at Tynemouth, but recovered through mesmerism, her subsequent belief in which alienated many friends , and made her home at Ambleside in , the year of Forest and Game-law Tales.
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