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Mrs. Armytage, or Female Domination

Catherine Grace Frances Gore (1798-1861)

1. Volume I, Chapter 1
2. Volume I, Chapter 2
3. Volume I, Chapter 3
4. Volume I, Chapter 4
5. Volume I, Chapter 5
6. Volume I, Chapter 6
7. Volume I, Chapter 7
8. Volume I, Chapter 8
9. Volume I, Chapter 9
10. Volume I, Chapter 10
11. Volume I, Chapter 12
12. Volume I, Chapter 13
13. Volume I, Chapter 14
14. Volume I, Chapter 15
15. Volume I, Chapter 16
16. Volume I, Chapter 17
17. Volume I, Chapter 18
18. Volume I, Chapter 19
19. Volume I, Chapter 20
20. Volume II, Chapter 1
21. Volume II, Chapter 2
22. Volume II, Chapter 3
23. Volume II, Chapter 4
24. Volume II, Chapter 5
25. Volume II, Chapter 6
26. Volume II, Chapter 7
27. Volume II, Chapter 8
28. Volume II, Chapter 9
29. Volume II, Chapter 10
30. Volume II, Chapter 11
31. Volume II, Chapter 13
32. Volume II, Chapter 14
33. Volume II, Chapter 14
34. Volume II, Chapter 15
35. Volume II, Chapter 16
36. Volume III, Chapter 1
37. Volume III, Chapter 2
38. Volume III, Chapter 3
39. Volume III, Chapter 4
40. Volume III, Chapter 5
41. Volume III, Chapter 5
42. Volume III, Chapter 6
43. Volume III, Chapter 6
44. Volume III, Chapter 7
45. Volume III, Chapter 11
46. Volume III, Chapter 12
47. Volume III, Chapter 13
48. Volume III, Chapter 13
49. Volume III, Chapter 14
50. Volume III, Chapter 16
51. Volume III, Chapter 17
52. Volume III, Chapter 18
53. Volume III, Chapter 19
54. Volume III, Chapter 20
55. Volume III, Chapter 21
56. Volume III, Chapter 22
57. Volume III, Chapter 23

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Summary

Mrs Armytage is a widowed landowner, spirited, independent and very much used to having her own way and exercising total dominance over her family. She is acutely aware of social distinctions, proud of her power and prestige, and stands on her dignity to the point of becoming cold, judgemental and aloof. Her character flaws bring her into conflict with her children when her son Arthur announces his choice of a wife who is very much below their rank, and much will happen before Mrs Armytage learns to repent her behaviour. Mrs Catherine Gore was foremost among the writers of 'Silver Fork' or 'fashionable' novels, hugely popular in the early 1800s, which chronicle the romances and scandals of the upper classes during the Regency period. Her writing drew criticism from her contemporaries for being rather superficial, but even her critics acknowledged her often brilliant characterisation and gift for satire. In the present day, when Regency romances have become so popular, Mrs Gore is long overdue for a revival, and 'Mrs Armytage', one of her best works, offers rich rewards to the reader. ( Helen Taylor) IMPORTANT NOTE: There are a considerable number of inconsistencies in the chapter numbering of the print version of this book (particularly in volume 3). The chapter numbers for the audiobook have been retained as they appear in print.