Elizabeth Gaskell


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Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, née Stevenson (29 September 1810 – 12 November 1865), often referred to simply as Mrs Gaskell, was a British novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of society, including the very poor, and as such are of interest to social historians as well as lovers of literature. more »

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  • ''I would not trust a mouse to a woman if a man's judgment could be had.''
    Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), British novelist. As quoted in Woman in Sexist Society, ch. 20, by Elaine Showalter (1971).
  • ''How easy it is to judge rightly after one sees what evil comes from judging wrongly!''
    Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), British novelist. Cynthia, in Wives and Daughters, ch. 43 (1866). Of her misplaced attachment to Mr. Preston.
  • ''A little credulity helps one on through life very smoothly.''
    Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), British novelist. Miss Matty, in Cranford, ch. 11 (1853).
  • ''I'll not listen to reason.... Reason always means what someone else has got to say.''
    Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), British novelist. Miss Matty's maid, Martha, in Cranford, ch. 14 (1853).
  • ''I'll not listen to reason.... Reason always means what someone else has got to say.''
    Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), British novelist. Miss Matty's maid, Martha, in Cranford, ch. 14 (1853).
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