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Ruth

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865)

1. 01 – The Dressmaker’s Apprentice at Work
2. 02 – Ruth Goes to the Shire-Hall
3. 03 – Sunday at Mrs. Mason’s
4. 04 Treading in Perilous Places
5. 05 – In North Wales
6. 06 – Troubles Gather About Ruth
7. 07 – The Crisis—Watching and Waiting
8. 08 – Mrs Bellingham
9. 09 – The Storm spirit Subdued
10. 10 – A Note and the Answer
11. 11 – Thurstan and Faith Benson
12. 12 – Losing Sight of the Welsh Mountains
13. 13 – The Dissenting Minister’s household
14. 14 – Ruth’s First sunday at eccleston
15. 15 – Mother and Child
16. 16 – Sally Tells of her Sweehearts, and Discourses on the Duties of Life
17. 17 – Leonard’s Christening
18. 18 – Ruth Becomes a Governess in Mr. Bradshaw’s Family
19. 19 – After Five Years
20. 20 – Jemima Refuses to be Managed
21. 21 – Mr Farquhar’s Attentions Transferred
22. 22 – The Liberal Candidate and his Precursor
23. 23 – Recognition
24. 24 – The Meeting on the Sands
25. 25 – Jemima Makes A Discovery
26. 26 – Mr Bradshaw’s Virtuous Indignation
27. 27 – Preparing to Stand on the Truth
28. 28 – An Understanding Between Lovers
29. 29 – Sally Takes Her Money Out of the Bank
30. 30 – The Forged Deed
31. 31 – An Accident to the Dover Coach
32. 32 – The Bradshaw Pew Again Occupied
33. 33 – A Mother to be Proud Of
34. 34 – I Must Go and Nurse Mr. Bellingham
35. 35 – Out of Darkness Into Light
36. 36 – The End

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Summary

The book is a social novel, dealing with Victorian views about sin and illegitimacy. It is a surprisingly compassionate portrayal of a ‘fallen woman’, a type of person normally outcast from respectable society. The title of the novel refers to the main character Ruth Hilton, an orphaned young seamstress who is seduced and then abandoned by gentleman Henry Bellingham. Ruth, pregnant and alone, is taken in by a minister and his sister. They conceal her single status under the pretence of widowhood in order to protect her child from the social stigma of illegitimacy. Ruth goes on to gain a respectable position in society as a governess, which is threatened by the return of Bellingham and the revelation of her secret. (Wikipedia)

Reviews

- Ruth

This book is very worth listening to with an excellent reader!!! Truly a touching novel!!!

Cheryl G.

- Ruth

Ruth was a very touching and amazing book just like Elizabeth Gaskell's other book...North and South (although some of the readers weren't as good as Cynthia was). Cynthia really read it beautifully!!! Thankyou. Can't wait to listen to another of Elizabeth's books!!!

Mila Kranz

- Ruth

Fine reading, I enjoyed the story thanks to Cynthia Lyons. It was a great work