A portrait of the residents of an English country town
in the mid-nineteenth century, Cranford relates the
adventures of Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, two middle-aged
spinster sisters striving to live with dignity in reduced
circumstances. Through a series of vignettes, Elizabeth Gaskell
portrays a community governed by old-fashioned habits and
dominated by friendships between women...
Scales reads Elizabeth Gaskell's classic tale Cranford.
There's no real plot to this collection, it's more a series
of stories and events.
in the mid-ninteenth century, this work examines the everyday
lives of the residents of the fictional English town of Cranford.
Central to this are
the adventures of two middle-aged spinster sisters - Miss
Matty and Miss Deborah - who are striving to live with dignity
in reduced circumstances.
wry account of rural life is undercut, however, by tragedy:
with such troubling events as Matty's bankruptcy, the death
of Captain Brown and the unwitting cruelty of Peter Jenkyns.
Scales was a wise choice, by the powers that be, to read Gaskell's
original book. She brings just the right gravitas to the nearly
seven hours reading. Taking on the role of Mary Smith, the
narrator, Scales is our guide as we are introduced to the
lives and secrets of the residents of Cranford.