A London Family, 1870-1900

A London Family, 1870-1900

A London Family, 1870-1900

A London Family, 1870-1900

Synopsis

Molly Hughes's account of her life in Victorian London has become a classic of autobiographical writing. Now A London Child of the 1870s, A London Girl of the 1880s, and A London Home of the 1890s are available for the first time in a single paperback volume. As witty and charming as on publication, this perceptive trilogy traces her early life from schooldays to motherhood, and shows that 'Victorian children did not have such a dull time as is usually supposed',

Excerpt

None of the characters in this book are fictitious. the incidents, if not dramatic, are at least genuine memories. Expressions of jollity and enjoyment of life are understatements rather than overstatements. We were just an ordinary, suburban, Victorian family, undistinguished ourselves and unacquainted with distinguished people. It occurred to me to record our doings only because, on looking back, and comparing our lot with that of the children of to-day, we seemed to have been so lucky. In writing them down, however, I have come to realize that luck is at one's own disposal, that 'there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so'. Bring up children in the conviction that they are lucky, and behold they are. But in our case high spirits were perhaps inherited, as my story will show.

Don pedro. In faith, lady, you have a merry heart.

Beatrice. Yea, my lord; I thank it, poor fool, it keeps on the windy side of care.

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