After nearly thirty years of marriage, a Victorian clergyman, John Selby Watson, bludgeons his wife to death one Sunday afternoon after church. In this compelling tale by award-winning novelist Beryl Bainbridge, the seemingly ordinary history of their marriage unfolds until it climaxes in a sudden brutal act and a headline-grabbing trial. As true to the documented facts of this actual case as to the workings of her singular imagination, Bainbridge artfully reveals what history withholds: the motives, feelings, and insanity that drive the Watsons to their domestic tragedy.
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In 1844 Anne Armstrong, a middle-aged Irish spinster, gets an unexpected chance to escape her life of genteel poverty. An English schoolmaster met briefly more than seven years before, and long forgotten, appears suddenly with a proposal. Though the Rev. Watson is not Prince Charming and his home is no castle, life with him seems preferable to a dreary room in Mrs. Gallagher's boardinghouse. Thus begins a marriage where frustrations pile upon disillusionments until everything collapses in hatred and bloody violence. British novelist Bainbridge uses the facts of a real Victorian murder to construct a page-turning psychological drama of domestic misery behind closed doors. Engrossing leisure reading. Starr E. Smith, Georgetown Univ. Lib., Washington, D.C.
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Book Description Mcgraw-Hill, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110070032548