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The Price of Things   By: (1864-1943)

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In "The Price of Things" by Elinor Glyn, readers are taken on an unforgettable journey through the lives of the rich and privileged. Set against the backdrop of a lavish and opulent world, this novel explores the themes of love, money, and moral dilemmas.

The story revolves around the protagonist, a young and innocent woman named Emily, who finds herself entangled in a complex web of relationships and materialism. From the very beginning, Glyn's writing style captivates the reader, drawing them into the glitz and glamour of high society. The descriptions of luxurious parties, elegant mansions, and lavish outfits are incredibly vivid, allowing readers to immerse themselves in this extravagant world.

While Emily's journey initially seems like a fairy tale come true, Glyn skillfully exposes the darker side of wealth and materialism. Through Emily's eyes, the readers witness the corrupting influence of money and the agonizing choices one must face when confronted with the price that comes attached to it. As the story progresses, Emily's character undergoes a transformation that is both poignant and thought-provoking.

Glyn's characters are well-developed and relatable, each carrying their own burdens and desires. From the charismatic but morally flawed protagonist to the enigmatic and manipulative love interests, all the characters feel like real people with their own strengths and weaknesses. This makes their actions and motives all the more compelling, keeping readers engaged and eager to uncover their secrets.

The narrative itself is gripping and beautifully written, filled with witty dialogue and poignant reflections on the nature of love, greed, and the pursuit of happiness. Glyn skillfully balances the opulence and extravagance with moments of emotional depth, allowing readers to connect with the characters on a deeper level. The pacing of the story is also well-maintained, with enough suspense and unexpected twists to keep the reader hooked until the very end.

"The Price of Things" is not only a captivating tale of love and sacrifice, but also a social commentary on the repercussions of materialism and the pursuit of wealth. Glyn paints a vivid picture of a world where money and status define one's worth, but ultimately reminds us that true happiness cannot be bought.

Overall, "The Price of Things" is an enthralling read that combines romance, drama, and societal critique into a compelling narrative. Elinor Glyn's writing is immersive and her characters are multi-dimensional, creating a story that lingers in the mind of the reader long after turning the last page. It is a thought-provoking exploration of the human spirit and the choices we make in the face of temptation.

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THE PRICE OF THINGS

BY ELINOR GLYN

1919

FOREWORD

I wrote this book in Paris in the winter of 1917 18 in the midst of bombs, and raids, and death. Everyone was keyed up to a strange pitch, and only primitive instincts seemed to stand out distinctly.

Life appeared brutal, and our very fashion of speaking, the words we used, the way we looked at things, was more realistic coarser than in times of peace, when civilization can re assert itself again. This is why the story shocks some readers. I quite understand that it might do so; but I deem it the duty of writers to make a faithful picture of each phase of the era they are living in, that posterity may be correctly informed about things, and get the atmosphere of epochs.

The story is, so to speak, rough hewn. But it shows the danger of breaking laws, and interfering with fate whether the laws be of God or of Man.

It is also a psychological study of the instincts of two women, which the strenuous times brought to the surface. "Amaryllis," with all her breeding and gentleness, reacting to nature's call in her fierce fidelity to the father of her child and "Harietta," becoming in herself the epitome of the age old prostitute.

I advise those who are rebuffed by plain words, and a ruthless analysis of the result of actions, not to read a single page... Continue reading book >>




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