The Second Son

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  • The Second Son
  • Mrs. Oliphant
  • English
  • 05 October 2018

About the Author: Mrs. Oliphant

Margaret Oliphant Wilson Oliphant n e Margaret Oliphant Wilson , was a Scottish novelist and historical writer, who usually wrote as Mrs Oliphant Her fictional works encompass domestic realism, the historical novel and tales of the supernatural.Margaret Oliphant was born at Wallyford, near Musselburgh, East Lothian, and spent her childhood at Lasswade near Dalkeith , Glasgow and Liverpool A

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  1. says:

    Edmund thought wistfully, with a certain envy, of his brother s complete escape He had no temptation to put an end to his life, yet a great weariness took possession of him If he could but turn his back on everything, flee far from them Oh, for the wings of a dove But where Not to some foreign land, which was the ordinary, commonplace expedient, to change the sky, but not the mind What Edmund really wanted was to escape from himself and that, alas, is what none can do The of Margaret Oliphant I read, the sure I become that she is overdue for rediscovery Surely some graduate student of Victorian literature is on the very verge of realizing what a gold mine she is, with her immense and treasurable body of work The Second Son is a strange, off center novel written near the end of Oliphant s life The exact chronology of her life is not quite clear but by the time she wrote this book she had lost her husband and at least one of her three or four children, probably two The last would die within a few years, leaving her alone, overwhelmed and bewildered with grief, and trying to trust that God had a purpose that one day she would understand Her losses took place over many years of an amazingly productive life For a long time she was able to keep writing the confident, funny, wise novels she was known for, despite her personal anguish But gradually themes begin to appear that reflect her deepest concerns How can so much suffering afflict one family What makes one child successful or good and another different Do the dead know what their survivors are doing and feeling Can they influence them in any way Do they want to Will family sorrows and divisions really be reconciled in the afterlife Some of these concerns appear obliquely in The Second Son The book, although it includes a love story quite a few, actually cannot be described as a love story itself Primarily it deals with the relationships between a prosperous, irascible squire the leading gentleman in his county and his three sons The middle son seems at first to be a pallid spaceholder between his stronger, decisive brothers He passively observes the love affair of his older brother, the heir Only when their father threatens to disinherit that son for deciding to marry beneath his station does Edmund, the second son, begin to show or become who he really is Yet his efforts to intervene are futile He is still a spectator, only now he is one whose heart aches and whose virtue has been tested by fire Oliphant is always exceptional in portraying male characters, and in this book, unusually, her men are important than her women though, as often with Oliphant, one of the minor female characters is so intriguing that she threatens to steal the show Remarkable too is her ability to write so much while repeating herself so little One knows one is reading an Oliphant, yet there is no dullness, little sense that earlier plots, characters or settings are being recycled or developed The Second Son, portraying a hero who refrains from acting as often as he acts, necessarily takes a psychological turn The reader follows the circling of Edmund s thoughts as he finds himself a key player in a drama, indeed a tragedy, that he neither chose nor controls Sharing his burdens as it were, one comes away with a sense of lacrimae rerum the tears of things Edmund s own story is not tragic, however, and Oliphant s realism is seen in her depiction of how naturally even the most loyal heart moves from grief to happiness and even, at last, self actualization.Oliphant wrote many cheerier novels, including the satirical masterpiece Miss Marjoribanks, but The Second Son addresses the inevitable sorrows of life that we behold and grieve without being able to change them, no matter how desperately we try The vast majority of Oliphant s works are out of print I read this one and a number of others through Google Play The app is annoying, but I have to be grateful to Google for making even Oliphant s least known works accessible At this writing, The Second Son does not even appear in Wikipedia s list of her novels.

  2. says:

    I liked it well enough, though she has not the humor nor irony of an Austen Her characters were believable, and yet not very compelling Perhaps I believed in them too much and they were just too normal They all acted their parts very well.

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