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Inheritance by Susan Edmonstoune Ferrier is a captivating novel that delves into the themes of family, inheritance, and societal expectations. The story follows the lives of two cousins, Mary and Eleanor, who are left to contend with the consequences of their wealthy uncle's unexpected decision to leave his fortune to a distant relative.

Ferrier skillfully explores the complexities of human relationships and the impact of money and power on individuals. The characters are well-developed and engaging, with Mary portrayed as a sensible and practical young woman while Eleanor is depicted as more frivolous and impulsive.

The novel offers a thought-provoking commentary on class distinctions and the double standards that existed in 19th century society. Ferrier's writing is both witty and insightful, drawing readers into the world of her characters and keeping them engaged until the very end.

Overall, Inheritance is a compelling and enjoyable read that will appeal to fans of classic literature and historical fiction. Ferrier's exploration of themes such as family, wealth, and societal norms make this novel a timeless and thought-provoking piece of literature.

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"As the noblest attribute of man, family pride had been cherished time immemorial by the noble race of Rossville. Deep and incurable, therefore, was the wound inflicted on all its members by the marriage of the honorable Thomas St. Clair, the youngest son of the Earl of Rossville, with the humble Miss Sarah Black, a beautiful girl of obscure origin and no fortune." And so the stage is set for our plot, which focuses on the implications and complications of the return from France to Scotland of the Rossville widow and her daughter-heiress Gertrude, who must suffer the onslaught of relations and suitors as well as a mysterious, threatening stranger who plagues her mother. And while we suffer with Gertrude, who also may be in love with the wrong man, we enjoy a myriad of wonderful satiric portraits of the menagerie of minor characters in this lively story.

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