Anna Lombard (Late Victorian and Early Modernist Women by Victoria Cross

By Victoria Cross

Showing within the ultimate 12 months of Victoria's reign, Anna Lombard captured many preoccupations of the fin-de-siecle interval and driven them past the limits of Victorian acceptability in the direction of the higher freedoms of the 20th century. This highly renowned novel (thirty variations, six million copies offered) examines female and male sexuality, extending the inspiration of recent lady feminism and offering a brand new masculinity to check it. Its transgressive interracial sexual and social kin are set in a hugely eroticized Indian panorama and opposed to the rigidities of Victorian imperialism. Anna Lombard demanding situations and subverts quite a lot of the main fiercely defended ideologies of its time. for contemporary readers accustomed to past due Victorian conventions, it keeps its energy to shock and surprise, and extends our wisdom and realizing of the ways that Victorian writers mirrored and developed social attitudes. For all readers, then as now, it truly is mesmerisingly readable. This re-creation 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 well known and always engrossing novelist, Victoria move (a pen identify of Annie Sophie Cory).

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18 VICTORIA CROSS Their diminutiveness was the most striking thing about them. They seemed like little children. ' I asked the woman. 'Eleven, twelve and thirteen,' she answered sharply, looking at me suspiciously. ' 'Old! Good God! no; they're not old enough,' I returned, speaking of course always in her vernacular. The old woman looked relieved, and pulling forward the biggest one by the arm, she brought her close up to me. ' With this she pinched the girl's bosom, and dug her fingers into her neck precisely as poulterers pinch the breasts of their fowls for customers.

Then the next instant that little rush of vain egotism and self-contentment had passed. Though she consented a hundred times I could not take her to that horror of desolation and disease that I was ordered to. It was quite, quite impossible, and I put my head down in my hands, ashamed that for an instant it had seemed so possible. At the end of an hour and a half I rose, put on my solar topee and walked out of my compound towards the Lombard's bungalow to make the promised call, only now it was a farewell one.

Nature's own hand seems to slip loose some bandage which is usually before our eyes, and we act with a certain tenderness, earnestness and simplicity that is foreign to our usual life and other relations. As we heard the first sounds of the waltz Anna looked at me and then slipped that soft, slender white arm through mine with a little happy smile, and I, with a sudden ANNA LOMBARD 9 sense of happiness and delight in life that I had never known, pressed it close, and we joined the moving circle within.

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