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Three Things   By: (1864-1943)

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Three Things by Elinor Glyn is a captivating, thought-provoking novel that delves into the complexities of love, desire, and marriage. Glyn's exquisite writing style effortlessly transports readers to the luxurious surroundings of the English countryside, where our protagonist, Alice, finds herself torn between her duty-bound marriage and the intoxicating pull of a forbidden romance.

The story unfolds through Alice's eyes, allowing us to intimately explore her inner turmoil and conflicting emotions. Glyn skillfully navigates the intricate layers of Alice's character, portraying her as a relatable and multidimensional woman. Through Alice, readers are confronted with the universal struggle between societal expectations and personal fulfillment.

The author's exploration of love and desire is equally captivating. Glyn unapologetically exposes the raw essence of passion, painting vivid scenes that evoke strong visceral reactions. The chemistry between the characters is palpable, leaving readers with a sense of anticipation and longing. Despite the scandalous nature of the romance, Glyn crafts a narrative that remains tasteful and poignant throughout.

Moreover, Three Things offers a nuanced commentary on the limitations placed upon women in early 20th century society. Alice's predicament serves as a reflection of the constrained choices and societal pressures endured by many women of the time. Glyn subtly critiques these limitations, urging readers to reconsider the conventional roles imposed upon women and the importance of personal agency.

One aspect that sets this novel apart is Glyn's ability to capture the essence of the English countryside. Her descriptive prose paints a mesmerizing picture of the picturesque landscapes and stately homes, transporting readers to a different era. The attention to detail is impeccable, making the setting feel like a living, breathing entity within the story.

While Three Things is evocative and engaging, some readers may find the pacing to be slow at times. Glyn's meticulous attention to detail occasionally slows down the narrative, which may deter those seeking a faster-paced read. However, the intensity of the emotions portrayed and the depth of the characters make it a worthy trade-off.

In conclusion, Three Things by Elinor Glyn is a captivating novel that skillfully combines elements of romance, social critique, and beautiful prose. With its compelling characters, evocative setting, and thought-provoking themes, it successfully transports readers to a bygone era and invites them to question societal norms and the pursuit of personal happiness. Glyn's elegant storytelling leaves a lasting impression, making this novel a worthwhile addition to any reader's collection.

First Page:

THREE THINGS

BY

ELINOR GLYN

PUBLISHERS HEARST'S INTERNATIONAL LIBRARY CO. NEW YORK

Copyright, 1915, by HEARST'S INTERNATIONAL LIBRARY CO., INC.

All rights reserved, including the translation into foreign languages, including the Scandinavian

THE QUINN & BODEN CO. PRESS RAHWAY, N. J.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

INTRODUCTION I THE OLD ORDER CHANGETH II THE GOSPEL OF COMMON SENSE III MARRIAGE IV AFTER MARRIAGE V SHOULD DIVORCE BE MADE EASIER? VI THE RESPONSIBILITY OF MOTHERHOOD VII THE RESPONSIBILITY OF MOTHERHOOD. SECOND PAPER

INTRODUCTION

I have called this little collection of articles which I have written "THREE THINGS" because to me there seem to be just three essentials to strive after in life. Truth Common Sense and Happiness. To be able to see the first enables us to employ the second, and so realise the third. And in these papers I have tried to suggest some points which may be of use to others who, like myself, are endeavouring to reason out ideas to a good end.

How often one sees people who could be very happy, and who yet with incredible blindness and stupidity are running their heads against stone walls (or feather beds!) and destroying all chance of peace for themselves, their mates, and their households!

Everything is very simple when it is analysed down to what nature meant in the affair and by doing this one gets a broader perspective... Continue reading book >>




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