Simple Story, A, by Mrs. Inchbald. ‘A Simple Story’ was written, as the preface to the first edition tells us, under the impulse of necessity in It is divided into. A Simple Story by the actress, playwright and novelist Elizabeth Inchbald has remained enduringly popular and almost continuously in print since its first. A Simple Story. Elizabeth INCHBALD ( – ). The story could really have been simple: Miss Milner, who is admired for her beauty and.

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It’s way more naturalistic, in that it’s not as mannered and self-consciously ‘literary’ as a lot of the other novels of the time. This book had promise and even though I didn’t like too many of the characters, the first two volumes of the book were quite entertaining.

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Quotes from A Simple Story. But I feel like, while she touched on some great things and wrote some particularly inspired passages, the cohesiveness of the novel as a whole lacked.

Essentially, a great novel from this period that shows the development of fiction during this period, the continued rise of the woman novelist, and an interesting part of the literary heritage that produces the work of Jane Austen. Published November 19th by Oxford University Press first published The general reception of A Simple Story was favorable. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

People in my class would argue that this is part of what makes the novel so great, that Inchbald purposely surprised the reader with unorthodox methods, but I’m not convinced. At that time it took guts to write a not-so-virtuous heroine like Miss Milner inchbalc give her a happy ending.


This was such a surprise! When Miss Milner announces her passion for her guardian, a Catholic priest, she breaks through the double barrier of his religious vocation and 18th-century British society’s standards of proper womanly behavior.

I was somewhat disappointed with this book. What an odd, fascinating book! Her role as a social rebel is perfectly performed in the masquerade scene: Aug 04, Valerie rated it liked it. The second half was so different from the first half — as if a sentimental novel can’t produce happiness, but a gothic one can.

Jul 08, Libby Stephenson rated it really liked it Shelves: How can he deny his daughter or didn’t try to reconcile with his wife on her death bed? I imagine the readers of Inchbald’s time were quite intrigued, even when they were scandalized by her heroine’s less stellar qualities.

In spite of affirming her will, the breach causes, as the only result, the decision by him to dismiss her and leave for a long meditative trip from p. Matilda’s character was a bit boring and there’s not much to know about her Oct 05, Caitlin rated it it was amazing. This book was surprisingly great. Matilda is pretty emotional over this, as she loves her father but cannot receive his approval because of the actions of her mother. No trivia or quizzes yet. A sudden change of plans takes place and, thanks to the help of Sandford who finally shows a glimmer of benevolence toward Miss Milner, the two finally get married p.

However, this heroine is also in some way a transgressive character.

Her father dies and leaves her in the care of his very good friend Mr. Jul 01, Andrea Lundgren rated it it was amazing. The novel is divided into four books, two each devoted to its two storylines.

A Simple Story

After that, q should just stop. Maybe in order to receive some protection, she married the actor Joseph Inchbald. She comes to ruin, of course. The fictional landscape of A Simple Story is in fact organised according to a repressive masculine logic of allowed and prohibited zones and gestures; Mrs Inchbald is evincing that, by different means, female energy has had the power to transform space and situations by penetrating the forbidden domain in order to fulfil itself.


The title A Simple Story amused me, because this novel is so much more than that. Inchbald was clearly a very intelligent and very witty writer, and her language has a great sense of activity to it which comes from her being a playwright.

I blame Tom for everything, including the strong desire to throw the novel across the room once I’d reached the end of its first plot.

Nevertheless, she also displays a range of qualities which contradict this first impression and reveal a natural combination of positive virtues and frivolous qualifications: This review has been hidden because it contains inchblad.

The female characters 2. The back gave nothing awaya well paced story with a few twists.

However Lord Frederick re-appears and keeps on trying to win Miss Milner’s heart who, however, does not return his love. Click here to sign up. I felt the characters were depicted quite realistically; their flaws were explored in detail, the changes of their dispositions over a lifetime made sense, and their interactions with each other were nuanced and intriguing.

Miss Milner’s story and Lady Matilda’s one. Like twice every chapter.