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 boundaries of Victorian acceptability in the direction of the larger freedoms of the 20th century. This highly well known novel (thirty variations, six million copies offered) examines female and male sexuality, extending the proposal of recent girl feminism and presenting a brand new masculinity to compare it. Its transgressive interracial sexual and social family members are set in a hugely eroticized Indian panorama and opposed to the rigidities of Victorian imperialism. Anna Lombard demanding situations and subverts quite a lot of the main fiercely defended ideologies of its time. for contemporary readers conversant in 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 built 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 new release of readers to the paintings of a as soon as well known and always engrossing novelist, Victoria go (a pen identify of Annie Sophie Cory).
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Such was Anna Lombard as I first saw her at the age of twenty-one. 'Anna,' said the girl with me, as we stopped beside the fauteuil, 'Mr Ethridge wants me to introduce him to you. ' The girl addressed looked up and smiled, and I was surprised at the effect of the smile on the face; the red lips parted and showed, slightly, perfect white teeth between, and the eyes flashed and seemed to deepen in colour and light up with curious fire. 'I am delighted to make your acquaintance,' she said in the conventional manner and moved just very slightly to one side of the fauteuil, which was large, to indicate I might sit down by her, which I did.
I was young - not yet thirty, though sometimes, possibly the result of much severe study, my brain and inner being seemed singularly old - I had, some five years before, come out head of the list in the Indian Civil Service Examination, and had been granted the coveted position of Assistant Commissioner; my pay was good, my position excellent, my work light and indeed far beneath the capacity my severe education had endowed me with; girls smiled upon me, mammas were not unkind, and 'lucky fellow that Ethridge' was a comment frequently on the lips of my companions.
Her shoulders rose white and smooth from her white gown of conventional - one might say, Viceregal lowness (for at balls given to the Viceroy, gowns are cut lower than usual in honour of the occasion) - but certainly beneath their delicate surface two little bones stood out rather too prominently. I looked at them absently, thinking it was the quality of the heart that beat beneath them that would exercise and influence me most in my judgement of their owner. 'She is very young,' I returned. ' Thanks; then she'll be passee, don't you know.