Simple Story, A, by Mrs. Inchbald. ‘A Simple Story’ was written, as the preface to the first edition tells us, under the impulse of necessity in It is divided into. A Simple Story by the actress, playwright and novelist Elizabeth Inchbald has remained enduringly popular and almost continuously in print since its first. A Simple Story. Elizabeth INCHBALD ( – ). The story could really have been simple: Miss Milner, who is admired for her beauty and.

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We could say that she refuses male authority, in any shape, just because it asserts itself as such. Inchbald combines the ijchbald heroine that Heyer is known for while writing during Austen’s time period.

The first part of the novel volume I and volume II starts with Mr Milner on his death bed, deciding to leave his eighteen-year old daughter in the care of his friend Dorriforth.

The scheme repeated on the second part allows the author to distinguish two different attitudes before the same circumstances: To me, this was a very by the numbers novel of manners, the characters ran together, but I did feel pity for Miss Milner in the beginning, when everyone including Dorriforth was out to “fix” her; any friends she acquired were manufactured acquaintances.

The peculiarity of Miss Milner’s character lies in its very realistic and natural behavior: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Her sensitivity enables her gain the reader’s sympathy whilst her spirit animates the gloomy house. As we come to know by her own words during a dialogue with her guardian, she is convinced that she will not get married for obedience but only for love, so she will never marry anyone but him: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Which is not to say that they are bad, it’s just that this is just so different.

Even so, the first part of the book ends with a sensational development at the eve of their parting. Log In Sign Up. Feb 01, Kat rated it liked it.

A Simple Story

I found t Inchbald’s A Simple Story is quite aptly titled—the story at its core is indeed simple. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

People in my class would argue that this is part of what makes the novel so great, that Inchbald purposely surprised the reader with unorthodox met I was somewhat disappointed with this book. On the contrary, she appears, at first glance, as a sort of conventional coquette: She reveals this fortitude in particular after the decision of banishment made by Dorriforth, which she accepts with the highest resignation and pride: In my calendar of love, a solemn lord chief justice, or a devout archbishop ranks before a licentious king.


First of all, her liason differs from her mother’s one for being socially canonical and so acceptable: I would recommend this to Jane Austen fans as well as those of Georgette Heyer. Matilda accepts very eagerly this new perspective of life, which she thinks will get her closer to her father. Another particularity of her character, tightly linked to both her capricious nature and her consciousness of her sexual and temperamental power, is her longing for what is denied her precisely because it is forbidden.

He wants to marry her but cannot say so and also she dislikes him. Miss Milner is in love with her guardian Mr. Jul 08, Libby Stephenson rated it really liked it Shelves: Their marriage is reported not to have been a happy one. Yet she quickly changes the kind disposition she had shown while trying to gain Lord Elmwood’s affection, replacing it with a growing restiveness: Challenging his threats, she wants to prove that he cannot both love her and rule her, what she demands of him is to accept her as she is and to abandon his pretension of her as the image of his desire: This page was last edited on 29 Augustat As a result he plans another strategy to make her his mistress and finally resolves to kidnap and rape her.

Dorriforth represents for her an unknown world and her aim becomes that of being a most charming woman in front of him.

Unlike her mother, she distrusts her ability to create her own happiness and relies on her elders and betters to choose for her. The book is split in two parts, the first is about a sassy, witty young woman, by all accounts based on the author herself, who has a forbidden passion for her guardian-priest.

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Retrieved from ” https: Weidenfeld and Nicolson,p. Sep 01, Esther rated unchbald really liked it Shelves: Then, both women are punished by the banishment from a inchbwld affection. Dec 17, Laura rated it did not like it. And I also somewhat hate Mr Sandford by his rudeness towards miss Milner until the last chapter of second volume, and how incredibly uncomfortable it is to see how Miss Milner was digging her own grave when she tried to ‘test’ Dorriforth’s strength of love towards her, but I really like how Miss Inchbald dealt with the exchange of feelings between the characters, noticing how one’s happiness or sorrow is being displayed by blushes, making mistakes while playing cards, etc.


The novel is divided into four books, two each devoted eilzabeth its two storylines. Two stars is as high as I can go. Slmple having consulted with Sandford, Dorriforth makes the decision to send his ward to the countryside for the summer. Only when Lord Elmwood and Matilda have been publicly reconciled, does Rushbrook declare his love to Elmwood who finally delegates to his daughter the choice to be joined with Rushbrook or not.

Though she is a “better” character as she is more demure than her mother, she annoyed me so much more.

Perhaps her readership were familiar enough with the circumstances of the characters created but it doesn’t make for a very enlightening read in the 21st Century. Aug 01, Nurul rated it liked it. I used to adore this style, simply for the fact that Austen was all I’d ever read in terms of classics; I ignorantly assumed all writers from the broad terms “classics” wrote in this way and if I found fault with it, I must be stupid.

By comparing the two attitudes toward their male protectors, it is clear that female passion is completely lacking in Matilda’s mind and way of behavior: Finally, it is with the accomplishment of her love affair with Rushbrook that her dependence on the opinion of male authority becomes even more explicit: It’s got both elements of the domestic novel and the gothic, and a lot of very improbable occurrences.

The presence of two such different characters, both rewarded with the fulfilment of their aim and the consequent achievement of happiness, leads to the reader’s confusion over what the message of the novel should be, about which ideology and way of life, represented by a living character, is proposed as suitable and which one is proposed as shameful. Feb 12, Vi Walker rated it it was ok. Here, finally, Miss Milner’s education is explicitly defined as improper.

Lord Elmwood is the first to be unable to distinguish between Matilda and her mother showing his confusion by the act of continuing to make her pay for her mother’s sins.