Book Ö Esther Waters ↠ 432 pages ñ George moore

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Esther Waters“She stood on the platform watching the receding train A few bushes hid the curve of the line; the white vapour rose above them evaporating in the pale evening A moment and the last carriage would pass out of sight The white gates swung f I enjoyed this one but it's not my favourite George Moore While it very interestingly examines a lot of important themes I found the pacing a bit odd and the ending a little disappointing There's also a lot about horseracing in this book maybe too much

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Book Ö Esther Waters ↠ 432 pages ñ George moore ñ “She stood on the platform watching the receding train A few bushes hid the curve of the line; the white vapour rose above them evaporating in the pale evening A moment and the last carriage would pass out of sight The white gates swung forward slowly and cloEr and against all odds decides to raise her child as a single mother Esther Waters is one of a group of Victorian novels that depict the life of a “fallen woman” It is considered to be Moore’s best novel Moore lived from 1852 to 1933 ‘Esther Waters’ was one of those classic novels that I circled for a long time wondering if I should pick it up or pass it by The story of a servant who fell pregnant and then struggled to raise her illegitimate son could be profound but it could be grim When I read Emma’s wonderful review I knew that I had to pick the book up and now that I’ve read it I have to say that I’m very glad that I didIt focuses on many of the problems of Victorian society – poverty gambling intoxication ineuity – but it is a wonderfully readable book telling the story of a fascinating – and sometimes infuriating – heroineEsther’s story began as she left her home and family to take up a new position as a kitchen maid in a big house on a country estate She was apprehensive but her pride made her hold her head up and her spirit made her stand up for herself when the cook suggested she get straight to work without changing her dress which might have been shabby but it was the best that she hadHer upbringing among the Plymouth Brethren had given her a strong faith and firm principles but it was her pride and her spirit that would prove to be both her downfall and her saving graceI was inclined to like her and to want the best for her As the story of her family her upbringing her circumstances emerged I came to understand what had shaped her character She was the product of all of that; she was a real fallible living breathing human beingThe style simple and natural brought her world to life and allowed her story to shineWilliam was the cook’s son He was eager to secure a position on the estate to be near that stables the horses the gambling that were at the centre of life there And he took a shine to Esther She didn’t approve of his gambling but she liked him and they grew close and they began to talk about marriage and a future togetherThere was always a buzz in the air on race days especially race days especially when a horse from the estate was running especially when that horse won For all she disapproved Esther couldn’t help being affected by it and maybe that was why a line was crossedAnd there were conseuencesEsther knowing that she had sinned pushed William away He took his rejection to heart he turned his attention elsewhere and it wasn’t long before he ran off with one of the daughters of the houseNot long after that Esther realised that she was expecting his childShe new that she would have to leave her job she knew life would be a struggle and it was but when her son was born she drew strength from her new role and bringing him up well became the focus of her lifeThe only path open to her after the birth the only thing that would keep her out of the workhouse was to pay a baby farmer to care for her child and become a wet nurseEsther was in a horrible situation and I felt for her and admired the maturity she found to copeIt worked for a while but when her child was ill when her mistress would not let her go to him when the wet nurse offered to take him off her hands forever realised how unjust it all was “It is none of the child’s fault if he hasn’t got a father nor is it right that he should be deserted for that and it is not for you to tell me to do such a thing If you had made sacrifice of yourself in the beginning and nursed your own child such thoughts would not have come to you But when you hire a poor girl such as me to give the milk that belongs to another to your child you think nothing of the poor deserted one He is but a bastard you say and had better be dead and done with I see it all now; I have been thinking it out It is all so hidden up that the meaning is not clear at first but what it comes to is this that fine folks like you pays the money and Mrs Spires and her like gets rid of the poor little things Change the milk a few times a little neglect and the poor servant girl is spared the trouble of bringing up her baby and can make a handsome child of the rich woman’s little starveling”That was for me the defining moment in Esther’s story She would do her best for her son but she would never compromise her principles That would cause difficulties as she had to work and care for her child and there were times when she fell very low but there were also times when good people did their best to help her And she might have had but she was cautious and would not let others now what her circumstances wereIt was when she was doing well when she was on the point of marrying a good man she met through the Plymouth Brethren that the father of her child came back into her life William hadn’t known that there was a child but when he found out he was ready to be that child’s fatherHe wasn’t a bad man but a fundamentally decent man with a fatal flaw – his love of gamblingEsther was horribly torn but she knew that the right thing to do was to marry William to be a good wife and mother She was and she stood by her husband always Because it was the right thing to do and because she loved himHe loved her too and there were some touching moments as the story of their marriage played outMost of all though she loved their son and she achieved what she set out to do She raised her son well and she was so proud when he became a soldier The story of how Esther reached that point was wonderfulIt was focused on the reasons for the choices she made and it did that so very well and with such understanding but there were gaps The stories of the conception of the birth of stays in the workhouse of the wedding so much was missingBut in the end those things weren’t importantI watched the passage of Esther’s life I cared and I understood her journeyThat is w

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Orward slowly and closed over the line” Thus opens the novel about Esther Waters young pious woman from a poor working class family who while working as a kitchen maid is seduced by another employee becomes pregnant is deserted by her lov I'm amazed to be happy to give such a high rating to a story of an unlucky girl who has a baby outside marriage written by a Victorian man but while I read this a few years ago I did think that George Moore's handling of the subject was warm and sensitive Given Victorian delicacies regarding sexuality the vagueness as to whether Esther has been taken advantage of by her lover or was compliant because of the extra ale she had is perhaps to be expected and rather similar to Thomas Hary's euivocation about Tess I wished the time Esther spent in the workhouse might have had some detailed treatment but overall the overwhelming love that inspires Esther to fight on and keep her baby in an era when moral condemnation was appallingly unChristian is brilliantl done; the characters are real enough the scenes evocativeand when the cad comes back it is not with a twirl of his moustache and a clap of ominous thunder as in Hardy but in circumstances that make us realise he is not such bad fellow after allThe relationship between him and Esther is believable as is the ending Esther with her hot temper and natural humanity conflicting with her doctrinaire religious views is very sympathetic