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 higher freedoms of the 20 th century. This highly well known novel (thirty variants, six million copies offered) examines female and male sexuality, extending the concept of recent lady feminism and featuring a brand new masculinity to compare it. Its transgressive interracial sexual and social relatives are set in a hugely eroticized Indian panorama and opposed to the rigidities of Victorian imperialism. Anna Lombard demanding situations and subverts a variety of the main fiercely defended ideologies of its time. for contemporary readers conversant in overdue Victorian conventions, it keeps its energy to shock and surprise, and extends our wisdom and realizing of the ways that Victorian writers mirrored and built social attitudes. For all readers, then as now, it's mesmerisingly readable. This re-creation will expand knowing of women's writing of the interval, and introduces a brand new iteration of readers to the paintings of a as soon as renowned and constantly engrossing novelist, Victoria move (a pen identify of Annie Sophie Cory).
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Then I damned my own foolishness, and went to sleep for the third time and then into blank silence and rest. The next morning, waking late, with the brilliant sunlight rushing like water through all the cracks of the closed jilmils, I felt in excellent spirits, dressed quickly and descended to the dining-room of my bungalow in the best of humours. My plans for that day and many days to follow were distinctly laid. I would go to Anna, be with her, talk with her, ride with her, and then - and then - and the rest seemed one bright flame of light and happiness.
Allah forbid that I should take them from you, or that you should want. Stay till they are well, and I will see you get the same pay as now. When they are recovered, you can follow me, with them, if you wish. Now go. ' For all answer, the man flung himself at my feet, and clasped them and kissed them, and wept over them. All of which is extremely embarrassing to an Englishman, and makes him feel somehow that he is not so fine a thing as he generally takes himself to be. Then they withdrew and I was alone in the room full of gold light, reflected from the desert through the jilmils, alone with that letter, my bad news and my feelings.
I myself knew enough of the customs of Burmah to know that he was not chaffing or jesting. I had heard of these Anglo-Burmese marriages before, and how the Burmah girl, at the end of the white man's term, goes back to the house of her parents, sometimes with two or three children of mixed blood, and is in no way looked down upon by her own people for the same, and is probably eventually married to one of her own caste. I suppressed a yawn. 'My own company, study and books will be more to my taste,' I answered.