Ruth Hilton is an orphaned young seamstress who catches the eye of a gentleman, Henry Bellingham, who is captivated by her simplicity and beauty. When she loses her job and home, he offers her comfort and shelter, only to cruelly desert her soon after. Nearly dead with grief and shame, Ruth is... show more
Ruth Hilton is an orphaned young seamstress who catches the eye of a gentleman, Henry Bellingham, who is captivated by her simplicity and beauty. When she loses her job and home, he offers her comfort and shelter, only to cruelly desert her soon after. Nearly dead with grief and shame, Ruth is offered the chance of a new life among people who give her love and respect, even though they are at first unaware of her secret - an illegitimate child. When Henry enters her life again, however, Ruth must make the impossible choice between social acceptance and personal pride. In writing Ruth, Elizabeth Gaskell daringly confronted prevailing views about sin and illegitimacy with her compassionate and honest portrait of a 'fallen woman'.
Publish date: March 1st 1998
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Classic Literature
, 19th Century
Ruth is 16 and a lonely orphan when she is seduced by upper class man. When he becomes ill, his mother takes him home and forces him to break all ties with Ruth. Soon afterwards, she discovers she is going to have a baby. A kind minister takes her home with him and she becomes part of his family....
What more can you say except Victorian melodrama at its full blown height. Fallen women, bounders etc...
Oh dear - how bland Ruth is. It's a wonder she got shagged at all!Home audio file - c drive - blue roomEve Matheson, Narrator Blurb - Ruth Hilton, like so many Victorian heroines, is seduced, made pregnant, and abandoned by a wealthy and careless man. The story follows the devout Ruth, who persevere...
Ruth is a very moving story of an unwed mother in the Victorian age. A wonderful story of faith, acceptance and forgiveness. Read with a box of tissues.