We’re back with more from the novel The Blue Pendant by Susan A. Jennings. The main character Anna Neale, was born in 1894 towards the end of the Victorian era. The Neale family were not rich, but respectable middle-class. They lived in a modest house with two servants, a maid and a cook. Mr. Neale was an accountant and provided well for his family, two daughters and a son. Growing up in a Victorian middle-class family in England, Anna and her older sister Lou would be expected to marry quite young. A suitable match would be found by their parents. The word suitable, meaning that the prospective husband came from a respectable family, had sufficient finances and a secure occupation to support a wife and subsequent family.
Anna, influenced by her globe-trotting Uncle Bertie, decided quite early in her childhood that she wanted to follow in his footsteps. She had no intention of marrying and succumbing to the domestic life. It is ironic, that in spite of trying to avoid it, love and romance play a large role in her life as she searched and strived for her goal of adventure and independence.
A quote from Chapter One of The Blue Pendant. Anna’s response to her parents presenting her with a suitable husband.
“Not only did Anna have no affection for Mr. Tolford, she had no interest in marrying anyone. The thought of running a household and having babies made her feel quite ill. Anna adamantly refused Thomas Tolford. Mama and Papa were insistent that if she didn’t marry she must find something useful to do, always adding, until she did marry, which Anna had decided long ago was not going to happen.”
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