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Yorke, Hester:


Subject Literature » Victorian Literature

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405151191.2007.x


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wife of Hiram Yorke in Shirley . She is a large, gloomy, censorious woman who goes around enveloped in “the sort of voluntary, exemplary cloud and burden people ever carry who deem it their duty to be gloomy” (ch. 9). She is suspicious of very nearly the whole world, and holds that her own views and ways of doing things are the only sensible and respectable views and ways, and that variations from them show moral backsliding – an attitude she shares with Hortense Moore, one person she manages to get along with. Her temper makes for unhappy relations with her own children. The model for this character is agreed to be Ann, wife of Joshua Taylor, mother of Charlotte’s friend Mary Taylor. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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