Saturday, October 30, 2021

Edith Granger in Charles Dickens's "Dombey and Son"

Charles Dickens's "Dombey and Son" features Edith Granger, who becomes Mr. Dombey's second wife. Before they get married, she describes her situation to her mother, Mrs. Skewton, who has long been trying to find a second husband for Edith: "There is no slave in a market: there is no horse in a fair: so shown and offered and examined and paraded, Mother, as I have been, for ten shameful years." Even after she marries Mr. Dombey, Edith steadily resists the role of the beautiful trophy wife that her society has offered her. Now I've left this memorable character behind and started "David Copperfield", with its first-person narration, new ground for Dickens. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 30 October 2021)


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