The Gaskell Society

The Gaskell Society

Celebrating the life and work of Elizabeth Gaskell

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Cynthia V Molly: ‘Love me as I am, sweet one, for I shall never be better.’

12 June, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm BST


Molly is the moral heart of classic novel Wives and Daughters but it is her flawed step-sister Cynthia who may appeal to readers more. The two girls are a study in comparisons. Molly is concerned with goodness while Cynthia’s relationship with her ghastly mother Mrs Gibson echoes that of Lizzy and Mrs Bennet in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Elizabeth Gaskell’s final novel is a masterpiece of character observation. She shows the two women in their full complexity, using humour and poignancy.

Now Sherry Ashworth compares and contrasts these two unique characters written by Elizabeth at the height of her literary powers. Join like-minded literary fans as we find out more about two central characters from Wives and Daughters.

This event is hosted by our good friends at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House.