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Palladian
Palladian
Author: Elizabeth Taylor
ISBN-13: 9780140161137
ISBN-10: 0140161139
Publication Date: 12/3/1985
Pages: 208
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Publisher: Penguin USA
Book Type: Paperback
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From the back cover: Young Cassandra is alone in the world, her father has just died. When she goes to Cropthorne Manor as a governess, its weary facade and crumbling statues are all that she could hope for. And Marion Vanbrugh is the perfect employer - a widower, austere and distant, with a penchant for the Greek. But this is not a nineteenth century novel and Cassandra's Mr. Rochester isn't the only inhabitant of the Manor. . . Just as Jane Austen wittily contrasted real life with a girl's Gothic fantasies in Northanger Abbey, so Elizabeth Taylor subtly examines the realities of life for a latter-day Jane Eyre in this sharply observed work, first published in 1946.
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"Before she saw him or spoke to him, she had determined to love him, as if she were a governess in a book. Meeting him had merely confirmed her intention, made possible what she had hoped."

Young Cassandra is alone in the world, her father has just died. When she goes to Cropthorne Manor as a governess, its weary facade and crumbling statues are all that she could hope for. And Marion Vanbrugh is the perfect employer -- a widower, austere and distant, with a penchant for Greek. But this is not a nineteenth-century novel and Cassandra's Mr Rochester isn't the only inhabitant of the manor. There's Tom, irascible and discontented, Margaret, pregnant and voracious, the ineffectual Tinty and the eccentric, domineering Nanny. Just as Jane Austen wittily contrasted real life with a girl's Gothic fantasies in "Northanger Abbey", so Elizabeth Taylor examines the realities of life for a latter-day Jane Eyre in this sharply observed work, first published in 1946.