Please join me February 1st through 15th in reading Elizabeth Gaskell’s The Moorland Cottage, the novella that moved Victorian poet, Matthew Arnold, to tears and of which Charlotte Bronte said it:
Finished like an herb — a balsamic herb with healing in its leaves… the little story is fresh, natural, religious. No more need be said.
The basic storyline and characters of Moorland Cottage were used in the BBC’s Cranford Christmas Special, with a few name changes. Peggy (Maggie) and Edward Bell (Browne), William (Frank) Buxton, his father, Mr. Buxton, and Erminia.