The Glass of Time: The Secret Life of Miss Esperanza Gorst : Narrated by Herself

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2008 - Fiction - 586 pages
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Like its "beguiling" and "intelligent" (New York Times Book Review) predecessor, The Glass of Time is a page turning period mystery about identity, the nature of secrets, and what happens when past obsessions impose themselves on an unwilling present. In the autumn of 1876, nineteen year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood to become a lady's maid to the twenty-sixth Baroness Tansor. But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l'Orme, to uncover the secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal, and to set right a past injustice in which Esperanza's own life is bound up. At Evenwood she meets Lady Tansor's two dashing sons, Perseus and Randolph, and finds herself enmeshed in a complicated web of seduction, intrigue, deceit, betrayal, and murder. Few writers are as gifted at evoking the sensibility of the nineteenth century as Michael Cox, who has made the world of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins his own.
  

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Review: The Glass of Time (The Meaning of Night #2)

User Review  - Barb - Goodreads

I wasn't sure if this book was going to be something I would like. I'd read the author's first novel 'The Meaning of Night' and thought it was far too drawn out. I did find this story to be very drawn ... Read full review

Review: The Glass of Time (The Meaning of Night #2)

User Review  - Matt Schiariti - Goodreads

When I first picked up this book, I hadn't realized that it was a sequel to the Meaning of Night. I just saw that it was written by Michael Cox and being such a big fan of his first novel, I had to ... Read full review

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Contents

Note on the Text
13
A House of Secrets
15
My Lady and Her Sons
17
In My Ladys Chamber
31
In Which a Friend is Made
47
The First Day Ends
67
Nightmares and Memories
81
A Walk with Mr Randolph
93
In Which Mr Vyse Bares His Teeth
296
A Child is Born
313
In Which Madames Third Letter is Opened
325
Duty and Desire
339
At North Lodge
341
Snow and Secrets
357
A Lingering Scent of Violets
372
The Old Man of Billiter Street
388

In Which Madames First Letter is Opened
115
In Memoriam PRD
125
Secret Stirrings
135
Professor Slake is Buried
137
In Which Madames Second Letter is Opened
148
Dark House Lane
154
An Announcement in The Times
170
Mrs Prout Remembers
182
In the House of Death
195
A Gift from Mr Thornhaugh
214
The Past Awakens
227
The Resurrection of Edwin Gorst
229
Miss Blantyre Meets Her Fate
243
In Which Lady Tansor Opens Her Heart
256
Thirty at Table and What Followed
269
A Voice from the Past
283
The Temptation of Mr Perseus
404
To the South
417
An Italian Spring
427
Times Revenge
441
Mr Barleys Black Box
443
A Fatal Correspondence
462
The Consequences of a Lie
477
In Which Certain Truths are Faced at Last
489
Retribution
507
The Last Sunrise
522
Aftermath
536
Inheritance
554
Envoi
571
Acknowledgements
585
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About the author (2008)

Michael Cox was born on August 30 1948 in Northamptonshire, England. In 1989 he started work at the Oxford University Press. In 1983, Cox published his first book, a biography M. R. James, a Victorian ghost story writer. Between 1983 and 1997 he compiled and edited several anthologies of Victorian short stories for Oxford University Press. His first novel, The Meaning of Night, was published in 2006. Michael Cox died of cancer on March 31, 2009.

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