The Pastor's Wife
A Virago Modern Classic
By Elizabeth von Arnim
*A novel sparkling with von Arnim's characteristic wit and irony
*With an afterword by Lisa St Aubin de Teran
*With an Afterword by Lisa St Aubin de Teran
Ingeborg Bullivant, the put-upon daughter of the Bishop of Redchester, suddenly becomes possessed by the demon Rebellion and takes a week's tour to Lucerne. Constantly in the company of a ponderous German pastor, she is put into a quandary when he proposes marriage. Faced with her father's wrath on her return, however, Ingeborg accepts her Herr Dremmel with simple relief.
But the role of a pastor's wife in East Prussia is not as Ingeborg had imagined, for she has merely exchanged one set of rules for another ...
Elizabeth von Arnim was born in 1866 in Sydney, Australia, and brought up in England. She lived much of her life in Switzerland, entertaining guests such as H.G. Wells (with whom she had an affair) and her cousin, Katherine Mansfield. She died in 1941.
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02 Feb 2006
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Elizabeth von Arnim is a mistress of irony — Lisa St Aubin de Teran
[von Arnim] was keenly aware of the powerlessness of an intelligent woman in a male-dominated world — Kate Saunders
A particular kind of witty and well constructed fiction, a sort of sparkling Euclid, which nobody else can touch — Rebecca West
Worldly, sharp, witty ... Try to write like that, and her gift will seem very enviable and elusive — Terence de Vere White