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Mr. Hogarth's Will

Mr. Hogarth's Will by Catherine Helen Spence
By: (1825-1910)

Jane and Elsie Melville were raised by their kindly but eccentric uncle, Mr Hogarth who believed that women were just as good as men, and thus gave his nieces a boy’s education. Upon his death, they find that he has left his entire fortune to his heretofore unknown son and left them only a small allowance, expecting them to make their own way in the world using the education he furnished them. Will the girls survive in a world that expects them, at the most, to become governesses?

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[Updater's note: In Volume I, Chapters VIII and IX both have the same title: "Peggy Walker's Adventures". This was confirmed with the source book.]

Mr. Hogarth's Will

by

Catherine Helen Spence

CONTENTS

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Volume I.

Chapter I.

The Will

In a large and handsomely furnished room of a somewhat old fashioned house, situated in a rural district in the south of Scotland, was assembled, one day in the early summer of 185 , a small group in deep mourning.

Mr. Hogarth, of Cross Hall, had been taken suddenly ill a few days previously, and had never recovered consciousness so far as to be able to speak, though he had apparently known those who were about him, and especially the two orphan nieces whom he had brought up as his daughters. He had no other near relations whom any one knew of, and had never been known to regret that the name of Hogarth, of Cross Hall, was likely to become extinct. He had the reputation of being the most eccentric man in the country, and was thought to be the most inconsistent.

With the highest opinion possible of women, and the greatest pleasure in their society, he had never married; and with the greatest affection for his nieces, and the greatest theoretical confidence in them, he had hedged them about with countless laws and restrictions, and had educated them in a way quite different from the training of young ladies of their rank and prospects... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 1 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - February 2, 2014
Subject: Readers
Oh my gosh! What are these people thinking of? One reads at the speed of lightening, another with such a thick southern accent another with an Indian accent! Just because you speak English does not...repeat does not make you a good reader! You all are murdering this book. I am sure it is well written and good but you all are killing it! Please have the good sense to know when you should not torture people with your reading...I am American and speak good English but I have the good sense to know I don't sound pleasant to the ear!


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