Ruth

Elizabeth Cleghorn GASKELL (1810 - 1865)

The book is a social novel, dealing with Victorian views about sin and illegitimacy. It is a surprisingly compassionate portrayal of a 'fallen woman', a type of person normally outcast from respectable society. The title of the novel refers to the main character Ruth Hilton, an orphaned young seamstress who is seduced and then abandoned by gentleman Henry Bellingham. Ruth, pregnant and alone, is taken in by a minister and his sister. They conceal her single status under the pretence of widowhood in order to protect her child from the social stigma of illegitimacy. Ruth goes on to gain a respectable position in society as a governess, which is threatened by the return of Bellingham and the revelation of her secret. (Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Published 1800 -1900

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 – The Dressmaker’s Apprentice at Work Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:27:35
Play 02 02 – Ruth Goes to the Shire-Hall Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:46:03
Play 03 03 – Sunday at Mrs. Mason’s Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:34:04
Play 04 04 – Treading in Perilous Places Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:41:31
Play 05 05 – In North Wales Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:20:30
Play 06 06 – Troubles Gather About Ruth Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:21:04
Play 07 07 – The Crisis—Watching and Waiting Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:20:09
Play 08 08 – Mrs Bellingham Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:27:53
Play 09 09 – The Storm spirit Subdued Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:09:25
Play 10 10 – A Note and the Answer Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:13:27
Play 11 11 – Thurstan and Faith Benson Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:34:07
Play 12 12 – Losing Sight of the Welsh Mountains Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:26:36
Play 13 13 – The Dissenting Minister’s household Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:30:07
Play 14 14 – Ruth’s First sunday at eccleston Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:22:28
Play 15 15 – Mother and Child Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:22:14
Play 16 16 – Sally Tells of her Sweehearts, and Discourses on the Duties of Life Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:33:50
Play 17 17 – Leonard’s Christening Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:31:25
Play 18 18 – Ruth Becomes a Governess in Mr. Bradshaw’s Family Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:25:54
Play 19 19 – After Five Years Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:34:49
Play 20 20 – Jemima Refuses to be Managed Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:51:44
Play 21 21 – Mr Farquhar’s Attentions Transferred Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:36:19
Play 22 22 – The Liberal Candidate and his Precursor Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:36:31
Play 23 23 – Recognition Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:58:52
Play 24 24 – The Meeting on the Sands Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:43:22
Play 25 25 – Jemima Makes A Discovery Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:52:38
Play 26 26 – Mr Bradshaw’s Virtuous Indignation Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:34:58
Play 27 27 – Preparing to Stand on the Truth Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:52:47
Play 28 28 – An Understanding Between Lovers Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:33:30
Play 29 29 – Sally Takes Her Money Out of the Bank Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:32:38
Play 30 30 – The Forged Deed Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:38:15
Play 31 31 – An Accident to the Dover Coach Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:22:49
Play 32 32 – The Bradshaw Pew Again Occupied Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:17:45
Play 33 33 – A Mother to be Proud Of Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:20:15
Play 34 34 – I Must Go and Nurse Mr. Bellingham Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:29:38
Play 35 35 – Out of Darkness Into Light Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:12:37
Play 36 36 – The End Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:23:41