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The Hand of Ethelberta

Thomas Hardy

Ethelberta was raised in humble circumstances but became a governess and consequently, at the age of 18, married well. However, her husband died two weeks after the wedding. Her father-in-law, Lord Petherwin, died shortly afterwards. Ethelberta (now 21) lives with her mother-in-law, Lady Petherwin. In the three years that have elapsed since her marriage, Ethelberta has been treated to foreign travel and further privileges by Lady Petherwin but restricted from seeing her own family. The story follows Ethelberta's career as a famous poetess and storyteller. Meanwhile, she struggles to support her family and conceal the fact that her father is a butler. Ethelberta easily attracts four very persistent suitors but is reluctant to give her much-coveted hand. The book is written in serial form. (Summary by Simon Evers)

Ethelberta was raised in humble circumstances but became a governess and consequently, at the age of 18, married well. However, her husband died two weeks after the wedding. Her father-in-law, Lord Petherwin, died shortly afterwards. Ethelberta (now 21) lives with her mother-in-law, Lady Petherwin. In the three years that have elapsed since her marriage, Ethelberta has been treated to foreign travel and further privileges by Lady Petherwin but restricted from seeing her own family. The story follows Ethelberta's career as a famous poetess and storyteller. Meanwhile, she struggles to support her family and conceal the fact that her father is a butler. Ethelberta easily attracts four very persistent suitors but is reluctant to give her much-coveted hand. The book is written in serial form. (Summary by Simon Evers)
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Ethelberta was raised in humble circumstances but became a governess and consequently, at the age of 18, married well. However, her husband died two weeks after the wedding. Her father-in-law, Lord Petherwin, died shortly afterwards. Ethelberta (now 21) lives with her mother-in-law, Lady Petherwin. In the three years that have elapsed since her marriage, Ethelberta has been treated to foreign travel and further privileges by Lady Petherwin but restricted from seeing her own family. The story follows Ethelberta's career as a famous poetess and storyteller. Meanwhile, she struggles to support her family and conceal the fact that her father is a butler. Ethelberta easily attracts four very persistent suitors but is reluctant to give her much-coveted hand. The book is written in serial form. (Summary by Simon Evers)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

13h 47m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

28:53


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

21:36


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:12


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

13:18


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

10:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

23:27


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

13:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

19:01


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:54


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:58


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

24:25


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

12:50


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

21:44


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

14:50


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:13


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:07


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:26


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

22:02


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

14:05


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

20:57


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

21:48


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

17:13


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

22:52


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

23:13


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

19:39


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:57


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

39:05


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:55


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

22:32


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

16:28


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

24:36


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

14:05


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

10:36


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

15:10


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

33:21


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

17:53


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

13:40


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

14:19


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

23:45


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

26:37


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

24:31


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

33:07


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

17:42


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

15:49