Dr Gully's Story Author:Elizabeth Jenkins Based on the actual case of a shocking liaion between an eminent physicianand a young married woman that scandalized London in the 1870's, Dr Gully's story is a novel that richly evokes the tempesruous-and-tragic love affair..With an unerring eye for the fine nuances of character and scene, Miss Jenkins portrays the manners and mores of an entir... more »e era, skillfully, sensetively exploring the grand passions and private torments that lay concealed behind the decorous facade of Victorian life.
Dr. James Gully, the respected physician to Tennyson, Carlyle,and numerous distingueshed patients, a doctor widely renouned for his avant-guarde treatment, undertakes the treatment of Florence Ricardo, a beautiful woman of twenty-five who has been reduced to near hysteria by her husband's unpridictable fits of depression and brutality. A vigorous man nearly four decades her senior, Dr. Gully has been estranged for many years from a wealthy but senile wife. What begins as the compassion of a sophisticated and insightful man for a desparerate girl made vulneravle by her naivete' and "proper" upbringing blossoms into affection and then an all consuming passion. It is a pure and regenerative love for both, but one emperiled by the inhumane, devestating hyproisy of conventional morality.
Viewing the world at once thro;ugh nineteent-and twentieth-century eyes, Miss Jenkins has crafted a subtle, multileveled love story that is both the touchingly drawn portrait of a man of rare sensitivity and the perceptive dissection of an age that clained compassion, yet acted cruelly.« less