Mrs Merridew's Fortune


Short Fiction

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In Neighbours on the Green - volume 3      or second source:   1 volume   

The Story

It is always a struggle to make ends meet for 40-year-old Janet Merridew, wife of a barrister and mother of 10 children. Now she receives news of a large inheritance, but feels she may have to turn it down - without her husband ever knowing about it. She turns for help to her discreet friend Mrs Mulgrave.

This is part of the series Neighbours on the Green, which takes place in the fictional village of Dinglefield Green. (See Series and Themes below for more information.)

Biographical and other notes

This story has similarities to another Janet story - see "2 Related Story Lines" below.

British publishing information

Periodical:   Cornhill Magazine   Sept 1869

First edition:   MacMillan and Co (collected in Neighbours on the Green) 1889

Series and Themes

Neighbours on the Green
An imperfect governess - 2 related story lines
Working women

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