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The Old Wives39 Tale is a novel by Arnold Bennett first published in 1908 It deals with the lives of two very different sisters Constance and Sophia Baines following their stories from their youth working in their mother39s draper39s shop into old age It covers a period of about 70 years from roughly 1840 to 1905 and is set in Burslem and Paris It is generally regarded as one of Bennett39s finest works Bennett was initially inspired to write the book by a chance encounter in a Parisian restaurant In the introduction to the book he saysan old woman came into the restaurant to dine She was fat shapeless ugly and grotesque She had a ridiculous voice and ridiculous gestures It was easy to see that she lived alone and that in the long lapse of years she had developed the kind of peculiarity which induces guffaws among the thoughtlessandI reflected concerning the grotesque diner This woman was once young slim perhaps beautiful certainly free from these ridiculous mannerisms Very probably she is unconscious of her singularities Her case is a tragedy One ought to be able to make a heartrending novel out of the history of a woman such as she Every stout ageing woman is not grotesquefar from itbut there is an extreme pathos in the mere fact that every stout ageing woman was once a young girl with the unique charm of youth in her form and movements and in her mind And the fact that the change from the young girl to the stout ageing woman is made up of an infinite number of infinitesimal changes each unperceived by her only intensifies the pathosBennett also found inspiration in Maupassant39s novel Une Vie wikipediaorg
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Narrativa española

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