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GASKELL, E.: Wives and Daughters (Abridged)

    

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GASKELL, E.: Wives and Daughters (Abridged)

When her father remarries, the honest, innocent Molly Gibson suddenly finds herself with a new stepsister, Cynthia, who is beautiful, worldly and impetuous. This would be more than enough to deal with, but the new wife is the deeply snobbish (and darkly secretive) Hyacinth. Thwarted love, scheming ambition and small-town gossip underlie the warmth, irony and brilliant social observation which link the relationships and the inevitable conflicts as profound change comes to rural England. The most mature and rewarding of her novels, Wives and Daughters places Elizabeth Gaskell in the first rank of English authors.



Disc 1

  Wives and Daughters (Abridged)
1.   THE DAWN OF AS GALA DAY 00:05:25
2.   After the proper amount of exhibition… 00:03:38
3.   'Ah, yes! as soon as we have got over the school…' 00:03:20
4.   A NOVICE AMONG THE GREAT FOLK 00:04:55
5.   At length she saw the pretty lady coming back… 00:05:07
6.   Molly - only child as she was… 00:04:53
7.   Mrs. Kirkpatrick came gliding up… 00:05:02
8.   MOLLY GIBSON'S CHILDHOOD 00:03:16
9.   Mr. Gibson's domestic affections… 00:02:48
10.   MR. GIBSON'S NEIGHBOURS 00:03:29
11.   Perhaps the man of all others… 00:03:14
12.   If Roger did not do well at Cambridge it was his own fault. 00:02:54
13.   CALF - LOVE 00:05:34
14.   Mr. Coxe hung his head a little, and meditated. 00:02:13
15.   A Visit To The Hamleys 00:04:12
16.   'Ah! But it was not a lesson. I remember the painter…' 00:04:44
17.   Molly was so deep in one of Sir Walter Scott's novels… 00:02:32
18.   FORESHADOWS OF LOVE PERILS 00:02:22
19.   So Mr. Gibson rode round to the stables… 00:04:00
20.   DRIFTING INTO DANGER 00:04:04


Disc 2

  Wives and Daughters (Abridged)
1.   During this absence of Molly's… 00:05:28
2.   THE WIDOWER AND THE WIDOW 00:05:22
3.   But the first day on which Mr. Gibson paid his visit… 00:02:07
4.   A CRISIS 00:04:04
5.   It was the next morning before Mr. Gibson arrived… 00:04:56
6.   For a minute or two he thought it would be kinder… 00:04:46
7.   To their surprise, Molly came in, trying hard to look as usual. 00:03:40
8.   MAKING FRIENDSHIP 00:03:30
9.   It is a question whether Mrs. Kirkpatrick or Molly wished… 00:04:30
10.   Mrs. Kirkpatrick led her into Lady Cumnor's presence… 00:03:03
11.   Molly had held up all the day bravely… 00:03:45
12.   PREPARING FOR THE WEDDING 00:03:12
13.   MOLLY GIBSON'S NEW FRIENDS 00:04:50
14.   Mr. Preston must have heard her step… 00:03:51
15.   MOLLY FINDS HERSELF PATRONISED 00:03:57
16.   'I used to think I managed her…' 00:03:56
17.   Then the carriage came round… 00:02:31
18.   All the gentlemen were gone… 00:02:45
19.   THE NEW MAMMA 00:04:14


Disc 3

  Wives and Daughters (Abridged)
1.   For some time the murmurs and grumblings… 00:04:26
2.   THE BRIDE AT HOME 00:04:21
3.   Squire Hamley came in. 00:03:48
4.   TROUBLE AT HAMLEY HALL 00:04:53
5.   The squire asked Molly every day… 00:04:01
6.   Mr. Osborne's Secret 00:03:08
7.   The last afternoon of her stay at the Hall came. 00:03:06
8.   CYNTHIA'S ARRIVAL 00:05:22
9.   A woman will have this charm… 00:04:34
10.   'Well, then mamma had to go out as a governess…' 00:05:28
11.   MRS. GIBSON'S VISITOR'S 00:05:20
12.   Molly went back to her seat by Cynthia. 00:04:31
13.   THE HALF - SISTERS 00:04:26
14.   'We've had our unexpected visitor, too,' said Mr. Gibson. 00:03:38
15.   OSBORNE HAMLEY REVIEWS HIS POSITION 00:03:37
16.   MRS. GIBSON'S LITTLE DINNER 00:02:49
17.   'Ah, Mr. Gibson, I have found out…' 00:03:51
18.   HOLLINGFORD IN A BUSTLE 00:02:47
19.   The afternoon of the day on which the ball was to take place… 00:03:24


Disc 4

  Wives and Daughters (Abridged)
1.   A CHARITY BALL 00:04:41
2.   Meanwhile Miss Piper and Miss Phoebe… 00:04:42
3.   Mr. Preston was looking intently and angrily… 00:04:59
4.   Lady Harriet, spied the Gibson party… 00:05:14
5.   Molly felt innocent enough, and made no reply. 00:03:05
6.   She put her arm in her brother's as she spoke… 00:02:58
7.   RIVALRY 00:04:12
8.   'Oh, but you must be with us! We must wait…' 00:04:42
9.   For some reason or other, unknown to the Gibsons… 00:04:58
10.   'I believe I have been very thoughtless…' 00:04:07
11.   BUSH - FIGHTING 00:05:07
12.   Presently, Osborne came upstairs… 00:05:47
13.   Again Cynthia was lost in thought… 00:04:43
14.   OLD WAYS AND NEW WAYS 00:04:50
15.   COMING EVENTS 00:04:23
16.   Lady Harriet was sorry to miss Molly… 00:04:42
17.   Cynthia now joined the party, pretty and elegant… 00:03:25
18.   BRIGHTENING PROSPECTS 00:02:00


Disc 5

  Wives and Daughters (Abridged)
1.   ‘What's this I hear about Roger' said Mr. Gibson… 00:02:59
2.   'I wish I could tell his mother,' said the squire… 00:04:27
3.   A LOVER'S MISTAKE 00:04:05
4.   Cynthia did not seem inclined to repeat her saying… 00:03:18
5.   THE MOTHER'S MANOEUVRE 00:04:59
6.   'I knew,' said she through sobs and tears… 00:04:52
7.   'Has mamma told you' said she… 00:05:15
8.   'He's not the eldest son,' continued the squire… 00:03:12
9.   'Your Molly is one in a thousand…' 00:03:49
10.   MR. KIRKPATRICK , Q.C. 00:03:17
11.   MOLLY GIBSON BREATHES FREELY 00:03:04
12.   'You see a great deal of Mr. Preston, don't you, Molly!' 00:04:04
13.   GATHERING CLOUDS 00:03:50
14.   'I'm afraid I'm not as much struck by the wonder of the thing…' 00:03:01
15.   THE STORM BURSTS 00:03:44
16.   Molly left the path and went straight… 00:04:12
17.   'I am quite puzzled by you both,' said Molly. 00:04:07
18.   CYNTHIA'S CONFESSION 00:05:39
19.   He sate down on the table… 00:05:35


Disc 6

  Wives and Daughters (Abridged)
1.   'So now you understand it all, Molly.' 00:05:50
2.   MOLLY GIBSON TO THE RESCUE 00:03:46
3.   It was a cloudy blustering day… 00:04:43
4.   'Does she say that to you in cold blood' 00:03:23
5.   Cynthia was on the watch for her return… 00:03:41
6.   CONFIDENCES 00:03:29
7.   'No one here! What a blessing!' 00:04:56
8.   Molly thought for a minute or two… 00:03:55
9.   Molly enjoyed her house to herself to the full… 00:04:00
10.   HOLLINGFORD GOSSIPS 00:04:59
11.   SCANDAL AND ITS VICTIMS 00:05:16
12.   'Molly Gibson has lost her character, sister. That's it.' 00:05:45
13.   AN INNOCENT CULPRIT 00:04:45
14.   'You say you were not acting for yourself…' 00:04:36
15.   I hate to have you mixed up in mysteries.' 00:04:19
16.   MOLLY GIBSON FINDS A CHAMPION 00:02:59
17.   At length he burst in. 00:04:16
18.   Lady Harriet, was riding homewards… 00:04:28


Disc 7

  Wives and Daughters (Abridged)
1.   And he rode home, and told his wife… 00:01:55
2.   CYNTHIA AT BAY 00:04:53
3.   When she looked back upon her visit… 00:03:44
4.   At last she said, 'Molly knows it all.' 00:04:00
5.   'TROUBLES NEVER COME ALONE' 00:03:54
6.   'But here you are, just in such a position before me, Cynthia!' 00:03:50
7.   She laid her hand on the hot damp skin of the horse's shoulder… 00:03:34
8.   SQUIRE HAMLEY'S SORROW 00:04:04
9.   'Here's Molly,' said Mr. Gibson, choking a little himself… 00:03:11
10.   'Some months ago Osborne called.' 00:03:27
11.   'Someone must write to Mrs. Osborne Hamley.' 00:04:29
12.   UNLOOKED - FOR ARRIVALS 00:04:18
13.   The writing this letter was rather difficult work for Molly… 00:04:27
14.   Her arms relaxed, her figure swayed… 00:04:49
15.   MOLLY GIBSON'S WORTH IS DISCOVERED 00:04:43
16.   After this, long days passed over… 00:04:17
17.   When they came within two miles of Hollingford… 00:04:26
18.   Molly's delight at seeing her showed itself… 00:03:08
19.   AN ABSENT LOVER RETURNS 00:05:17


Disc 8

  Wives and Daughters (Abridged)
1.   Molly went on with her questions on other subjects. 00:03:49
2.   'I was so sorry to hear how ill you had been!' 00:03:18
3.   'OFF WITH THE OLD LOVE, AND ON WITH THE NEW.' 00:05:11
4.   Now Roger spoke to Molly - spoke hurriedly, spoke hoarsely. 00:04:18
5.   BRIDAL VISITS AND ADIEUX 00:04:03
6.   'The squire' asked Mrs. Gibson in some surprise. 00:03:36
7.   Molly was sitting in the drawing - room pale and trembling… 00:05:14
8.   When Molly arrived at the Towers… 00:04:33
9.   REVIVING HOPES AND BRIGHTENING PROSPECTS 00:04:47
10.   Molly stood up. 00:04:29
11.   MOLLY GIBSON AT HAMLEY HALL 00:04:00
12.   It so happened that on Molly's last morning… 00:04:36
13.   ROGER HAMLEY'S CONFESSION 00:04:51
14.   One evening after dinner… 00:04:17
15.   'My dear boy!' said Mr. Gibson… 00:04:41
16.   Mr. Gibson gave Roger's message to his wife… 00:03:33
17.   Having married Cynthia, as her mother put it… 00:04:41

Total Playing Time: 10:15:12






Author(s):
Gaskell, Elizabeth

Reader(s):
Tomlinson, Patience

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Classic Fiction

Catalogue No: NA692712

Barcode: 9789626349274

Physical Release: 03/2010

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