The Vicissitudes of Evangeline

The Vicissitudes of Evangeline An excerpt from the introductory Branches Park November I wonder so much if it is amusing to be an adventuress because that is evidently what I shall become now I read in a book all about it it is

  • Title: The Vicissitudes of Evangeline
  • Author: Elinor Glyn
  • ISBN: 9780715613856
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An excerpt from the introductory Branches Park, November 3 I wonder so much if it is amusing to be an adventuress, because that is evidently what I shall become now I read in a book all about it it is being nice looking and having nothing to live on, and getting a pleasant time out of life and I intend to do that I have certainly nothing to live on, for one cannot coAn excerpt from the introductory Branches Park, November 3 I wonder so much if it is amusing to be an adventuress, because that is evidently what I shall become now I read in a book all about it it is being nice looking and having nothing to live on, and getting a pleasant time out of life and I intend to do that I have certainly nothing to live on, for one cannot count 300 a year and I am extremely pretty, and I know it quite well, and how to do my hair, and put on my hats, and those things so, of course, I am an adventuress I was not intended for this r le in fact, Mrs Carruthers adopted me on purpose to leave me her fortune, as at that time she had quarrelled with her heir, who was bound to get the place Then she was so inconsequent as not to make a proper will thus it is that this creature gets everything, and I nothing I am twenty, and up to the week before last, when Mrs Carruthers got ill and died in one day, I had had a fairly decent time at odd moments when she was in a good temper There is no use pretending even when people are dead, if one is writing down one s real thoughts I detested Mrs Carruthers most of the time A person whom it was impossible to please She had no idea of justice, or of anything but her own comfort, and what amount of pleasure other people could contribute to her day How she came to do anything for me at all was because she had been in love with papa, and when he married poor mamma a person of no family and then died, she offered to take me, and bring me up, just to spite mamma, she has often told me As I was only four I had no say in the matter, and if mamma liked to give me up that was her affair Mamma s father was a lord, and her mother I don t know who, and they had not worried to get married, so that is how it is poor mamma came to have no relations After papa was dead, she married an Indian officer and went off to India, and died, too, and I never saw her any so there it is there is not a soul in the world who matters to me, or I to them, so I can t help being an adventuress, and thinking only of myself, can I Mrs Carruthers periodically quarrelled with all the neighbors, so beyond frigid calls now and then in a friendly interval, we never saw them much Several old, worldly ladies used to come and stay, but I liked none of them, and I have no young friends When it is getting dark, and I am up here alone, I often wonder what it would be like if I had but I believe I am the kind of cat that would not have got on with them too nicely so perhaps it is just as well Only, to have had a pretty aunt, say to love one that might have been nice Mrs Carruthers had no feelings like this stuff and nonsense, sentimental rubbish, she would have called them To get a suitable husband is what she brought me up for, she said, and for the last years had arranged that I should marry her detested heir, Christopher Carruthers, as I should have the money and he the place He is a diplomat, and lives in Paris, and Russia, and amusing places like that, so he does not often come to England I have never seen him He is quite old over thirty and has hair turning gray Now he is master here, and I must leave unless he proposes to marry me at our meeting this afternoon, which he probably won t do However, there can be no harm in my making myself look as attractive as possible under the circumstances

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    1. Elinor Sutherland was born in St Helier, Jersey, the younger daughter of Douglas Sutherland 1838 1865 , a civil engineer of Scottish descent, and his wife Elinor Saunders 1841 1937 Her father died when Elinor was two months old and her mother returned to the parental home in Guelph, Ontario, Canada with her two daughters, Lucy Christiana and Elinor Back in Canada, Elinor was schooled by her grandmother, Lucy Anne Saunders, in the ways of upper class society This early training not only gave her an entr e into aristocratic circles on her return to Europe, but it led to her being considered an authority on style and breeding when she worked in Hollywood in the 1920s.Her mother remarried a Mr Kennedy in 1871 and when Elinor was eight years old the family returned to Jersey When there her schooling continued at home with a succession of governesses.Elinor married Clayton Louis Glyn 1857 1915 , a wealthy but spendthrift landowner, on 27 April 1892 The couple had two daughters, Margot and Juliet, but the marriage apparently foundered on mutual incompatibility although the couple remained together As a consequence Elinor had affairs with a succession of British aristocrats and some of her books are supposedly based on her various affairs, such as Three Weeks 1907 , allegedly inspired by her affair with Lord Alistair Innes Ker That affair caused quite a furore and scandalized Edwardian society and one of the scenes in the book had one unnamed poet writing,Would you like to sinWith Elinor GlynOn a tiger skin Or would you preferTo err with herOn some other fur She had began her writing in 1900, starting with a book based on letters to her mother, The Visits of Elizabeth And thereafter she or less wrote one book each year to keep the wolf from the door, as her husband was debt ridden from 1908, and also to keep up her standard of living After several years of illness her husband died in 1915.Early in her writing career she was recognised as one of the pioneers of what could be called erotic fiction, although not by modern day standards, and she coined the use of the world It to mean at the time sex appeal and she helped to make Clara Bow a star by the use of the sobriquet for her of The It Girl On the strength of her reputation and success she moved to Hollywood in 1920 and in 1921 was featured as one of the famous personalities in a Ralph Barton cartoon drawn especially for Vanity Fair magazine A number of her books were made into films, most notably Beyond the Rocks 1906 , which starred Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson, and she was a scriptwriter for the silent movie industry, working for both MGM and Paramount Pictures in the mid 1920s In addition she also had a brief career as one of the earliest female directors.In 1927, by which time she had published 32 novels, she once again appeared in some verse of the day Songsmith Lorenz Hart immortalised her in his song My Heart Stood Still when he wrote,I read my PlatoLove, I thought a sinBut since your kissI m reading missus Glyn She was so universally popular and well known in the 1920s that she even made a cameo appearance as herself in the 1928 film Show People.As well as her novels, she wrote wrote magazine articles for the Hearst Press giving advice on how to keep your man and also giving health and beauty tips In 1922 she published The Elinor Glyn System of Writing , which gives an insight into writing for Hollywood studios and magazine editors.In later life she moved to the United Kingdom, settling in London She wrote over 40 books, the last of which was The Third Eye 1940 and she died in Chelsea on 23 September 1943, being survived by her two daughters.Gerry WolstenholmeNovember 2010

    2. Red Hair, aka The Vicissitudes of Evangeline (1905) is a beautifully written, sparkling book. However, the plot is the equivalent of Elizabeth Bennet marrying Mr Bingley instead of Mr Darcy. If you can stomach that, you'll enjoy this book. Or at least the first half of it.It seems clear to me that Elinor Glyn changed her mind about the hero about half way through. Initially all the attraction and chemistry is set up between Evangeline and Mr Carruthers:There was Mr. Carruthers in the hall. A hor [...]

    3. Sono entusiasta delle ragazzette disegnate dalla Glyn, una diversa dall'altra, ma tutte fresche, piene di vivacità e determinate nella scelta della loro vita sentimentale. E questa Evangeline dai capelli rossi non fa certo eccezione…Ma quanto cinismo, invece, nel modo in cui l'autrice rappresenta le donne e gli uomini dell'ultimo periodo vittoriano, una società sfatta e amorale sotto la vernice del rigido rispetto delle regole.

    4. To be compared what we would think is controversial today, this book is as plain as a hotel bathroom towel-- white, normal, tame. Let's take into scope that this is 1905 or earlier-- though by how they talk about the fashions and trends as little as they do, no earlier than 1895.In that way, Evangeline is far beyond what any woman is encouraged or brought up to be-- she is bold and selfish; rude and presuming. She is adopted by a wealthy and unbearable crone and raised to be her successor-- and [...]

    5. Not as much fun as the first Glyn I read, but still enjoyable enough to breeze through. It opens with the promise of great salaciousness -- penniless red-haired beauty Evangeline determines to become "an Adventuress" when she is stiffed in her aunt's will. Yay! we think, but alas it turns out that Evangeline doesn't actually know what an adventuress is, and manages not even to get kissed by any of the various men who are entranced by her wicked redheaded wiles, until she ends up properly engaged [...]

    6. Glyn was supposed to be this controversial writer of women's fiction who was one of the first to write stories that did not shy away from womens' sexuality. She more or less invented the "it girl" and the vamp. Not sure if this is one of her earlier books (1905) but it was a lot more tame than expected. I did, however, have a hard time keeping in mind that the setting was 1905 and not the 1920's- there was a definite vibe of the flapper era when girls wanted to sow a few wild oats themselves so [...]

    7. My grandmother let out the upper rooms of her home in Virginia to travelers during the depression. When cleaning out her attic we found all sorts of lost and found items left behind by those strangers. Diaries, gloves, dolls, clothing etc. an original copy of this book was in a suitcase of gloves with the owners address scrawled inside. The title on the book was "red hair" so I don't know which title came first.I love reading this book! I've read it 4 times! It's predictable and yes what was ris [...]

    8. If you're interested in the Edwardian Era or have an interest in how the romance novel has evolved, this is worth reading. Definitely of it's time and place with attitudes towards class, race and gender that can be grating, but because it is so much of it's time, it provides insights into the upper class society of Edwardian England.

    9. Lovely, entertaining storyEven though this book is a very read, I enjoyed the time it took. I love curling up with an interesting read. It kept me guessing to the very, very end. It did not end as I predicted, but so much better.

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