The Hand of Ethelberta (Penguin Classics)

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Adventuress and opportunist, Ethelberta reinvents herself to disguise her humble origins, launching a brilliant career as a society poet in London with her family acting incognito as her servants. Turning the male-dominated literary world to her advantage, she happily exploits the attentions of four very different suitors. Will she bestow her hand upon the richest of them, or on the man she loves? Ethelberta Petherwin, alias Berta Chickerel, moves with easy grace between her multiple identities, cleverly managing a tissue of lies to aid her meteoric rise. In The Hand of Ethelberta, Hardy drew on conventions of popular romances, illustrated weeklies, plays, fashion plates and even his wife's diary in this comic story of a woman in control of her destiny.

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Ethelberta Petherwin is a glamorous young widow; her passionate poetry, beauty and wealth make her the star of every salon, and her faint air of mystery merely increases her allure. But if her hand is London's most valued prize, it is because no one has yet noticed her lineage of laborers recently risen to the doubtful heights of domestic servitude. Hardy scrutinizes Ethelberta as the strain of deception takes its toll, and her precarious hold on her coveted social status begins to slip.

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