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Lady's Maid
Lady's Maid | Margaret Forster
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"Fascinating . . . The reader is treated to a revealing account of the passionate romance between Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning through the eyes of an intimate observer."-Booklist Young and timid but full of sturdy good sense and awakening sophistication, Lily Wilson arrives in London in 1844, becoming a lady's maid to the fragile, housebound Elizabeth Barrett. Lily is quickly drawn to her mistress's gaiety and sharp intelligence, the power of her poetry, and her deep emotional need. It is a strange intimacy that will last sixteen years. It is Lily who smuggles Miss Barrett out of the gloomy Wimpole Street house, witnesses her secret wedding to Robert Browning in an empty church, and flees with them to threadbare lodgings and the heat, light, and colors of Italy. As housekeeper, nursemaid, companion, and confidante, Lily is with Elizabeth in every crisis-birth, bereavement, travel, literary triumph. As her devotion turns almost to obsession, Lily forgets her own fleeting loneliness. But when Lily's own affairs take a dramatic turn, she comes to expect the loyalty from Elizabeth that she herself has always given.
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This was an excellent book. It tells the story of Lily Wilson, called by her last name throughout the book. Wilson was Elizabeth Barrett Browning's maid, taken in to her service at age 19. This is a tale of the complex relationship between classes in the mid 1800s. It tells of the bond between them, but also how class structure kept them forever mistress and servant. 5⭐

Cinfhen Sounds good!! How are u feeling??? Thinking of u 7mo
Crazeedi @Cinfhen I'm hanging in there , have a dr appt this week, thank you for thinking of me😘💞 7mo
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