By Victoria Cross
Showing within the ultimate 12 months of Victoria's reign, Anna Lombard captured many preoccupations of the fin-de-siecle interval and driven them past the limits of Victorian acceptability in the direction of the larger freedoms of the 20 th century. This highly well known novel (thirty variations, six million copies offered) examines female and male sexuality, extending the thought of latest lady feminism and featuring a brand new masculinity to compare it. Its transgressive interracial sexual and social kinfolk are set in a hugely eroticized Indian panorama and opposed to the rigidities of Victorian imperialism. Anna Lombard demanding situations and subverts quite a lot of the main fiercely defended ideologies of its time. for contemporary readers accustomed to overdue Victorian conventions, it keeps its strength to shock and surprise, and extends our wisdom and knowing of the ways that Victorian writers mirrored and built social attitudes. For all readers, then as now, it really is mesmerisingly readable. This re-creation will expand knowing of women's writing of the interval, and introduces a brand new new release of readers to the paintings of a as soon as renowned and consistently engrossing novelist, Victoria pass (a pen identify of Annie Sophie Cory).
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The idea of love seemed to me ludicrous. What coud I do with this little atom of doll-like, child-like life? But I smiled upon her as one does on a pretty child asking for a kiss. ' asked the old woman in a business-like tone. ' The old woman fell back, sitting on her heels, and stared at me blankly. 'But, sahib, protector of the poor, you are here for five years, no white woman at all in Lihuli, no woman allowed in bazaar! ' Five years! So she knew the exact length of my appointment, probably the amount of my salary and private income to an anna.
Beyond the walls and broad-leaved banana trees stretched miles of golden sand, like a calm golden sea, broken here and there by green islands of cocoanut palms that moved languidly against the pale-growing azure of the sky. One glance took in all this beauty, and my curiosity as to the voices returned. I looked through the network of giant convolvulus that completely covered one side of the house, and peering between the great violet and white cups of the flowers, I saw beneath, seated in a circle in a small open space of turf, an old native woman and five other evidently younger women round her.
Then there was a pause, and it seemed as if a chill had come into the lambent, yellow air. Then, as a welcome distraction, the doctor suggested we should go inside and dine, and we all rose with alacrity. The dining-room was a large, lofty, airy room, and they seemed to possess excellent wines, soda water and spirits - at least, that kind that can be kept in bottles, and wellhung punkahs swung briskly the whole time. We sat long over our coffee and smoked and gossiped, and my new presence seemed to make them all quite cheerful.
Anna Lombard (Late Victorian and Early Modernist Women Writers) by Victoria Cross