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Date de parution : 26/10/2006
A fallen woman sympathetically portrayed would seem a less-than-ideal choice for a Victorian heroine. Yet novelist Elizabeth Gaskell courageously created just such a portrait in her 1853 novel RUTH. Overturning conventional "double standard" assumptions of the day, Gaskell draws a heroine whose emotional honesty, innate morality, and love for her illegitimate son are sufficient for redemption.