My mother bought me this book around the age of 14 or 15. I had fallen in love with Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women at age 12 and adored her prose, her beautiful stories. Mom had also begun buying me the collections of Alcott’s sensation stories and was very excited when she found this on a vacation with her friends. It’s beautiful, beautiful little book. Written at sixteen, it is quite a romantic little tale, though the characters rather 1-dimensional and archetypal. Still it’s very prettily written.
I read this book whenever I need a sweet little story to raise my spirits, thus why I picked it up off my shelf last night. It was a very rough night for me so i picked up The Inheritance and lost myself in the rich descriptions of the first three or four chapters. It settled my spirit and calmed my mind and I was able to drift off to sleep with a measure of peace.
Alcott’s story revolves around a beautiful, dark-haired, liquid-eyed young woman named Edith Adelon. Orphaned, poor, and friendless, Edit has spent half of her life as companion and governess to young Amy Hamilton, daughter off highborn Lady Hamilton and loving sister to young Lord Arthur Hamilton. Edith is the very model of purity, kindness, love, and endurance. All she desires in life is love and friendship. Riches and rank are not in her scope of vision, unlike Lady Ida Clare, cousin to the young Hamiltons. That is all she desires and despises young Edith for the friends that she wins, thinking that they only like the young woman because she is beautiful. So when handsome, highborn, and wealthy Lord Percy comes to visit for the summer, Ida quickly and clearly sets her cap for him. Will she win the pure-hearted nobleman?
As I said, the characters are a bit 1-dimensional and archetypal but very gorgeously written. I enjoy this book and will continue to do so for many years to come.