Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Dora Thorne - by Charlotte M. Brame

Free US/UK Kindle Classic

Dora Thorne is a novel published about 1870 by the English romance writer Charlotte M. Brame, also known in America as Bertha M. Clay. (US Edition)  (UK Edition) 

From the beginning of the novel:
"We know what it means," he said, "when boys of nineteen talk about love. Believe me, Ronald, if I were to consent to your request, you would be the first in after years to reproach me for weak compliance with your youthful folly." 

"You would not call it folly," retorted Ronald, his face flushing hotly, "if Dora were an heiress, or the daughter of some—"
"Spare me a long discourse," again interrupted Lord Earle. "You are quite right; if the young girl in question belonged to your own station, or even if she were near it, that would be quite a different matter. I am not annoyed that you have, as you think, fallen in love, or that you wish to marry, although you are young. I am annoyed that you should dream of wishing to marry a simple rustic, the daughter of my lodge keeper. It is so supremely ridiculous that I can hardly treat the matter seriously."
Brame (also Breame) may have been a romance writer, but she did not have a romantic life.  Her husband was a drunk.  Her popular books were pirated in the US, so she didn't make a lot of money.  After she died at 48 in 1884, owing debts, her children went into guardianship. Not a happy life - so she probably put what she wanted into her books . 

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