In the first place, Cranford is in possession of the Amazons; all the holders of houses above a certain rent are women. If a married couple come to settle in the town, somehow the gentleman disappears; he is either fairly frightened to death by being the only man in the Cranford evening parties, or he is accounted for by being with his regiment, his ship, or closely engaged in business all the week in the great neighbouring commercial town of Drumble, distant only twenty miles on a railroad. In short, whatever does become of the gentlemen, they are not at Cranford.

Gaskell Blog © Katherine C.

Introduction to the Novel

Chapter One, Our Society

Chapter Two, The Captain

Chapter Three, A Love Affair of Long Ago

Chapter Four, A Visit to an Old Bachelor

Chapter Five, Old Letters

Chapter Six, Poor Peter

Chapter Seven, Visiting

Chapter Eight, Your Ladyship

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten, The Panic

Chapter Eleven, Samuel Brown

Chapter Twelve, Engaged to be Married



A Gallery of Knutsford, the Cranford of Mrs. Gaskell’s Experience
Lacock, the Cranford of the BBC miniseries



A Letter from Miss Pole

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