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By Elizabeth Gaskell

The unconventional Cranford grew out of a quick tale (now the 1st chapters) and it reads like a chain of episodes within the fictional city of Cranford. The vital characters are Mary Smith and her neighbors, the spinster sisters omit Matty and leave out Deborah. it's a old fashioned, comedic ode to small city existence, and continues to be Gaskell's most renowned paintings.

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