“…they who exchange their independence for the sweet name of Wife must be prepared to find all is not gold that glitters…” — Edith Wharton
Why I’m Reading this Book?
This was the last story from the Edith Wharton’s collection I purchased online. I liked her in Ethan Frome and Summer, her stories touch a chord of melancholy. This story was a short one, I was in mood for some quick sadness, so this seem like a better option.
Story of two unmarried sister who were getting on quite well until they met a man named Ramy. Upheaval his appearance causes in both sisters lives is the line this story follows.
I expected nothing less from Edith Wharton. Anne Eliza and Evelina, two sisters are living their life peacefully. Both are unmarried , have a small shop, earn enough for themselves and are living a comfortable and content life. There is a lack of male presence in their life, but they don’t mind it much in each other’s company.
One day, elder sister, bought a gift for her younger sister. A clock. And she comes in contact with the clock maker, Herbert Ramy. Arrival of this man in their lives caused a stir in both sister’s heart. And after that ensues an intriguing tale of jealousy, loneliness , hurt, ego, cunnings, betrayal, basically the whole shebang.
Edith brings out the misery in best possible way. You wouldn’t find loud mouthed characters swearing left and right in her story, but very polite people, who will pass cutting remarks so naturally you won’t know how to react. I’ve come across such people myself and that’s why this story connected to me so well.
Without giving too much, I would say this is a very good story. I have come across stories with sister’s rivalry and a male object in between before. Here story might not be unique , but situation, conversation, emotions all form a very fine story not to be missed.
My Rating — 4
On the scale of: (1- Hate , 2- Neither like nor dislike, 3- Like, 4- Love, 5- Gaga)
Why anyone else should read this Book?
As always, my first point is, book is very small. Just some 100+ pages.
Second, it’s an interesting story. I didn’t find a single dull moment in the book.
For me these are enough reasons to read a book. Hope same goes for you too!
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