By Victoria Cross
Showing within the ultimate yr 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 larger freedoms of the 20th century. This highly well known novel (thirty versions, six million copies bought) examines female and male sexuality, extending the inspiration of recent girl feminism and offering a brand new masculinity to check it. Its transgressive interracial sexual and social family are set in a hugely eroticized Indian panorama and opposed to the rigidities of Victorian imperialism. Anna Lombard demanding situations and subverts a variety of the main fiercely defended ideologies of its time. for contemporary readers acquainted with past due Victorian conventions, it keeps its strength 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 new version will expand realizing of women's writing of the interval, and introduces a brand new iteration of readers to the paintings of a as soon as well known and continuously engrossing novelist, Victoria pass (a pen identify of Annie Sophie Cory).
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And this was the town. On the other side of it lay a wide flowing stream, doubtless but a dry stony bed for many months in the year, and between the river and the town rose a high stone wall which intervened to prevent the miserable little mud houses slipping into the stream and being swirled away to the great swamps of the plain. Running through the town there was one respectable street, and in this I found the Court House and my office, a two-storied building in stone adjoining. The lower storey one could enter from the street, but to arrive at the second, one had to pass through the ground floor out into the square yard beyond, where great white oxen, reposing on their fore-knees, gazed at one steadily through the blinding glare of the sun, and by picking one's way carefully through piles of green fodder and pools of slime, one reached the airy frail wooden staircase that ran up to the balcony of the second storey.
The next morning, as soon as it was light, I was awakened by the sound of subdued but incessant and eager chattering, apparently just beneath my window. I got up from the charpoy, disentangled myself from my mosquito curtains, pushed open the jilmils of the nearest window and looked out. What a scene it was to meet the eyes! especially eyes like mine, not yet satiated with, nor even accustomed to, the splendours of the East. The sun had not yet risen, only a golden glow intensifying every instant near the horizon in an otherwise pearly sky heralded its approach.
Anna sank even into the same chair the other girl had had, and that was still there, but how different everything seemed now from when that hard, frivolous, worldly little doll occupied it. My heart beat more quickly than usual, and where an hour ago I had been silent and quite indifferent how I might appear to my companion, now my whole energy woke up in an effort and desire to please. Perhaps I succeeded, for smiles, blushes and laughter swept by turns over the radiant, expressive face raised to mine in the subdued light of the verandah.