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Christmas Storms and Sunshine: Elizabeth Gaskell’s Short Stories
1 December, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cats, babies and sausages – what more could you want from a Christmas tale?
“My dear, I wish for turkey and sausages. It may be a weakness, but I own I am partial to sausages.” So says Mr Jenkins, arch-nemesis of fellow lodger Mr Hodgson, at the start of Elizabeth Gaskell’s short story of Christmas quarrels, written in 1848.
This seasonal short story, with a wonderfully-evocative domestic setting, has all the ingredients (including the sausages!) of a satisfying seasonal tale: two feuding families, a Christmas dinner in peril, and a suitably salutary finale.
Join Dr Diane Duffy for a lively discussion about this fine festive story, and start December with some Victorian Christmas spirit.
As you’ll appreciate, arrangements can change, so please be sure to check details before you leave home.