Elizabeth Gaskell was a fan of Charles Dickens. Not that I blame her, I am too :) She obviously enjoyed referencing his books in hers, as fine works of literature :)
I saw this in Cranford, and it made me smile :)
I had never heard anything of Cranford before and I enjoyed it a lot. It gave you a nice peek into life in the late 1800s. I always love a book about good people who do good things and are sorry when they've not been doing quite as good as they know they should have, too. :) I love books that have decent people in them, because in my opinion the decent people are the ones who make the world go round :)
It was such a relief to read Cranford after all the Thomas Hardy drama.
Don't get me wrong, there is drama in Cranford :) But it is of the sort that is overcome and taken care of by those good folks I was referring to ;)
Anyhow, it was cleverly written, and engaging, and I will prolly read it again someday.
I have watched a part of Wives and Daughters, and now have read Cranford, and I enjoy Elizabeth Gaskell's writing. She most definitely does not have Jane Austen's brilliance, but writes an entertaining story, nonetheless :)