Havisham (great expectations) (Paperback) by Frame Ronald
There was a delicate tracery of gold foil on the back of the dress. How strange that such a consummately made garment should be worn for this one day only. But as every girl growing up understood her wedding day was the most significant she would know: a woman's crowning glory. Catherine Havisham was born into privilege. Handsome imperious she is the daughter of a wealthy brewer and lives in luxury in Satis House. But she is never far from the smell of hops and the arresting letters on the brewhouse wall - Havisham. A reminder of all she owes to the family name and the family business. Sent by her father to stay with the Chadwycks Catherine discovers literature music and masquerades - elegant pastimes to remove the taint of new money. But for all her growing sophistication Catherine is anything but worldly and when a charismatic stranger pays her attention everything - her heart her future the very Havisham name - is vulnerable. It is a masterly tribute to one of Dickens' most celebrated and iconic characters.