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The Well of loneliness

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Title: The Well of Loneliness (1928)
Author: Radclyff Hall
To Our Three Selves
AUTHOR'S NOTE
All the characters in this book are purely imaginary, and if the author
has used names that may suggest a reference to living persons, she has
done so inadvertently.
A motor ambulance unit of British women drivers did very fine service
upon the Allied Front in France during the later months of the war, but
although the unit mentioned in this book, of which Stephen Gordon becomes
a member, operates in much the same area, it has never had any existence
save in the author's imagination.
BOOK ONE
Chapter One
1
Not very far from Up ton-on-Severn--between it, in fact, and the Malvern
Hills--stands the country seat of the Gordons of Bramley; well-timbered,
well-cottaged, well-fenced and well-watered, having, in this latter
respect, a stream that forks in exactly the right position to feed two
large lakes in the grounds.
The house itself is of Georgian red brick, with charming circular windows
near the roof. It has dignity and pride without ostentation,
self-assurance without arrogance, repose without inertia; and a gentle
aloofness that, to those who know its spirit, but adds to its value as a
home. It is indeed like certain lovely women who, now old, belong to a
bygone generation--women who in youth were passionate but seemly;
difficult to win but when won, all-fulfilling. They are passing away, but
their homesteads remain, and such an homestead is Morton.
To Morton Hall came the Lady Anna Gordon as a bride of just over twenty.
She was lovely as only an Irish woman can be, having that in her bearing
that betokened quiet pride, having that in her eyes that betokened great
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