Wives and Daughters (version 2)

Elizabeth Cleghorn GASKELL (1810 - 1865)

Elizabeth Gaskell's last novel was serialized in Cornhill Magazine from 1864 to 1866, and completed by her editor posthumously. It looks at English life in the 1830s through the experiences of Molly Gibson, the daughter of a widowed doctor growing up in the provincial town of Hollingford. When Mr. Gibson decides to marry again, Molly is forced to contend with a pretentious stepmother, but consoled by a close friendship with Cynthia, her new stepsister. The girls' relations with the local residents, particularly the Squire of Hamley Hall and his family, make for incidents comic, romantic, and tragic, by turns. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)

Genre(s): Culture & Heritage, Family Life

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - The Dawn of a Gala Day Elizabeth Klett
00:21:02
Play 02 02 - A Novice Amongst the Great Folk Elizabeth Klett
00:36:48
Play 03 03 - Molly Gibson's Childhood Elizabeth Klett
00:17:07
Play 04 04 - Mr. Gibson's Neighbors Elizabeth Klett
00:29:23
Play 05 05 - Calf-Love Elizabeth Klett
00:29:06
Play 06 06 - A Visit to the Hamleys Elizabeth Klett
00:32:45
Play 07 07 - Foreshadows of Love Perils Elizabeth Klett
00:16:58
Play 08 08 - Drifting Into Danger Elizabeth Klett
00:31:15
Play 09 09 - The Widower and the Widow Elizabeth Klett
00:20:30
Play 10 10 - A Crisis Elizabeth Klett
00:42:59
Play 11 11 - Making Friendship Elizabeth Klett
00:37:10
Play 12 12 - Preparing for the Wedding Elizabeth Klett
00:19:28
Play 13 13 - Molly Gibson's New Friends Elizabeth Klett
00:24:58
Play 14 14 - Molly Finds Herself Patronized Elizabeth Klett
00:30:48
Play 15 15 - The New Mamma Elizabeth Klett
00:18:43
Play 16 16 - The Bride at Home Elizabeth Klett
00:21:49
Play 17 17 - Trouble at Hamley Hall Elizabeth Klett
00:25:45
Play 18 18 - Mr. Osborne's Secret Elizabeth Klett
00:30:14
Play 19 19 - Cynthia's Arrival Elizabeth Klett
00:26:23
Play 20 20 - Mrs. Gibson's Visitors Elizabeth Klett
00:20:23
Play 21 21 - The Half-Sisters Elizabeth Klett
00:31:48
Play 22 22 - The Old Squire's Troubles Elizabeth Klett
00:25:01
Play 23 23 - Osborne Hamley Reviews His Position Elizabeth Klett
00:19:58
Play 24 24 - Mrs. Gibson's Little Dinner Elizabeth Klett
00:14:40
Play 25 25 - Hollingford in a Bustle Elizabeth Klett
00:19:22
Play 26 26 - A Charity Ball Elizabeth Klett
00:40:46
Play 27 27 - Fathers and Sons Elizabeth Klett
00:17:18
Play 28 28 - Rivalry Elizabeth Klett
00:28:29
Play 29 29 - Bush-Fighting Elizabeth Klett
00:32:03
Play 30 30 - Old Ways and New Ways Elizabeth Klett
00:19:39
Play 31 31 - A Passive Coquette Elizabeth Klett
00:20:59
Play 32 32 - Coming Events Elizabeth Klett
00:31:22
Play 33 33 - Brightening Prospects Elizabeth Klett
00:16:22
Play 34 34 - A Lover's Mistake Elizabeth Klett
00:20:18
Play 35 35 - The Mother's Maneuver Elizabeth Klett
00:32:44
Play 36 36 - Domestic Diplomacy Elizabeth Klett
00:13:48
Play 37 37 - A Fluke, and What Came of It Elizabeth Klett
00:31:41
Play 38 38 - Mr. Kirkpatrick, Q.C. Elizabeth Klett
00:24:17
Play 39 39 - Secret Thoughts Ooze Out Elizabeth Klett
00:28:10
Play 40 40 - Molly Gibson Breathes Freely Elizabeth Klett
00:19:33
Play 41 41 - Gathering Clouds Elizabeth Klett
00:28:04
Play 42 42 - The Storm Bursts Elizabeth Klett
00:21:14
Play 43 43 - Cynthia's Confession Elizabeth Klett
00:23:32
Play 44 44 - Molly Gibson to the Rescue Elizabeth Klett
00:23:27
Play 45 45 - Confidences Elizabeth Klett
00:21:30
Play 46 46 - Hollingford Gossips Elizabeth Klett
00:20:48
Play 47 47 - Scandal and its Victims Elizabeth Klett
00:27:16
Play 48 48 - An Innocent Culprit Elizabeth Klett
00:22:38
Play 49 49 - Molly Gibson Finds a Champion Elizabeth Klett
00:21:27
Play 50 50 - Cynthia at Bay Elizabeth Klett
00:29:24
Play 51 51 - Troubles Never Come Alone Elizabeth Klett
00:21:09
Play 52 52 - Squire Hamley's Sorrow Elizabeth Klett
00:30:21
Play 53 53 - Unlooked-For Arrivals Elizabeth Klett
00:26:12
Play 54 54 - Molly Gibson's Worth is Discovered Elizabeth Klett
00:26:54
Play 55 55 - An Absent Lover Returns Elizabeth Klett
00:22:13
Play 56 56 - Off With the Old Love, and On With the New Elizabeth Klett
00:19:31
Play 57 57 - Bridal Visits and Adieux Elizabeth Klett
00:23:07
Play 58 58 - Reviving Hopes and Brightening Prospects Elizabeth Klett
00:23:15
Play 59 59 - Molly Gibson at Hamley Hall Elizabeth Klett
00:22:21
Play 60 60 - Roger Hamley's Confession/Concluding Remarks Elizabeth Klett
00:41:22