Writing during times of dramatic social switch, Maria Edgeworth and Elizabeth Gaskell have been either interested in the assumption of radical societal transformation even as that their writings show nostalgia for a standard, paternalistic ruling classification. Julie Nash exhibits how this rigidity is performed out particularly in the course of the characters of servants briefly fiction and novels akin to Edgeworth's fort Rackrent, Belinda, and Helen and Gaskell's North and South and Cranford.

Servant characters, Nash contends, allow those writers to offer voice to the contradictions inherent within the renowned paternalistic philosophy in their occasions as the state of affairs of family servitude itself embodies such inconsistencies. Servants, whose hard work was once necessary to the commercial and social functionality of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British society, made up the most important type of staff in England by way of the 19th century and but have been anticipated to be socially invisible. while, they lived within the comparable homes as their masters and mistresses and have been aware about the main intimate information in their lives. either Edgeworth and Gaskell created servant characters who problem the social hierarchy, hence exposing the potential of dehumanization and corruption inherent within the paternalistic philosophy. Nash's examine opens up very important avenues for destiny students of women's fiction within the 19th century.

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