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The Woman Who Did

Grant Allen

Most times, especially in the time when this book was written (1895), it is just as nature and society would wish: a man and woman "fall in love" and get married. But it is not so for Herminia Barton and Alan Merrick. They do indeed fall in love, but Herminia has a deeply held belief in freedom for women, and she holds immutable views against what she perceives as the slavery of marriage. Alan unwillingly agrees to her strong wish to remain unmarried and to live together as "close and dear friends". When the birth of their child is imminent, they go to his beloved Italy to avoid the condemnation of English society. From this point on, many questions are raised: is marriage indeed so important? Is strong will always good? Is it right to go against society? And if it is, when should we stop and consider the effects on other people? What should a child do when she is raised to be what her mother dreams and develops her own dreams in the process? And, finally, how much should parents sacrifice for their children? (Summary by Stav Nisser and Ruth Golding)

Most times, especially in the time when this book was written (1895), it is just as nature and society would wish: a man and woman "fall in love" and get married. But it is not so for Herminia Barton and Alan Merrick. They do indeed fall in love, but Herminia has a deeply held belief in freedom for women, and she holds immutable views against what she perceives as the slavery of marriage. Alan unwillingly agrees to her strong wish to remain unmarried and to live together as "close and dear friends". When the birth of their child is imminent, they go to his beloved Italy to avoid the condemnation of English society. From this point on, many questions are raised: is marriage indeed so important? Is strong will always good? Is it right to go against society? And if it is, when should we stop and consider the effects on other people? What should a child do when she is raised to be what her mother dreams and develops her own dreams in the process? And, finally, how much should parents sacrifice for their children? (Summary by Stav Nisser and Ruth Golding)
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Most times, especially in the time when this book was written (1895), it is just as nature and society would wish: a man and woman "fall in love" and get married. But it is not so for Herminia Barton and Alan Merrick. They do indeed fall in love, but Herminia has a deeply held belief in freedom for women, and she holds immutable views against what she perceives as the slavery of marriage. Alan unwillingly agrees to her strong wish to remain unmarried and to live together as "close and dear friends". When the birth of their child is imminent, they go to his beloved Italy to avoid the condemnation of English society. From this point on, many questions are raised: is marriage indeed so important? Is strong will always good? Is it right to go against society? And if it is, when should we stop and consider the effects on other people? What should a child do when she is raised to be what her mother dreams and develops her own dreams in the process? And, finally, how much should parents sacrifice for their children? (Summary by Stav Nisser and Ruth Golding)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

6h 1m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

20:53


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

12:32


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

37:38


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

12:59


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

22:49


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

14:58


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

17:23


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

13:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

18:31


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

14:49


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

13:35


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

16:19


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

17:34


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

10:01


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

16:12


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

15:11


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

14:14


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

16:37


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

15:57


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:56


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:39


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:30


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:01


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:10