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Mary Barton Summary
Elizabeth Gaskell

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Mary Barton Summary

Plot Summary

Elizabeth Gaskell is the author of the fiction novel Mary Barton, a tale of Manchester life. It concerns the working class life in Manchester, England, in the late 1830s and early 1840s, when there was a clear contrast between the poor factory workers and the rich factory owners. John Barton walks with his pregnant wife, Mary, who is crying, while his thirteen-year-old daughter, also named Mary, plays in the fields. They meet George Wilson and his wife, Jane. The women sit together so Mrs. Wilson can comfort the elder Mary, and the men discuss Mrs. Barton's sister, Esther, who has left her apartments and disappeared without leaving word of where she was going. Barton laments the differences between the poor and the rich. The group goes to have tea with Alice Wilson, George's sister. The elder Mary Barton dies in childbirth and loses the baby.

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