"This book looks at the anxieties of the Victorian middle classes who feared a breakdown of the social order as divorce became more readily available and promiscuity threatened the sanctity of the family. In this novel the simple act of hiring a governess raises the spectres of murder, disguise, and adultery"--Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [xliv]-xlvi).
- LCC: PR5842
- Dewey Decimal: 823/.8
- Language: eng
- Physical Description: l, 644 p. ; 20 cm.
- Edition Info: (pbk. : alk. paper)
- Runaway wives -- Fiction
- Illegitimate children -- Fiction
- Accident victims -- Fiction
- Governesses -- Fiction
- Seduction -- Fiction
- England -- Fiction
- France -- Fiction
- Psychological fiction
- Domestic fiction
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