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Christmas Storms and Sunshine: Elizabeth Gaskell’s Short Stories
Sunday 1 December, 2019, 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.