The Black Velvet Gown Book Summary and Study Guide

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A young mother finds herself alone and unable to raise her family so she must move to an almost forgotten town to be a housekeeper for a desolate man. The man, being a former professor, decides to tutor her children. Her oldest daughter finds joy in learning and soon becames the man's prize pupil. After years of this life, the man is in an accident which later claims his life. He leaves a surprising request in his will that sends the daughter out to seek employment at the neighboring mansion. She becomes a laundry girl and suffers the brutality of that life until the lady of the house learns she can read. This opens up a new world for the girl as she is allowed to live a better life as the lady's maid. Being in the mansion leads her to finding the man she would love and an unlikely friend. She has many adventures, some not as good as others and in the end she comes to realize the important things in life.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Poverty, surviving    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   general poverty story Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   servant Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Weird Victorian/Shakespearean English?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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