Good. The "unsuitable" careers of two late-Victorian sisters--medicine and the theater--muddle their love lives and estrange them from parents; but both soldier on through a mine-field of set-backs and misunderstandings--in this sobersides, thick-ankled romance/career odyssey. Lindsey Abercrombie is the bluestocking sister, who turns down a promising suitor to study at the London School of Medicine for Women. Estella is the beauty lured early-on into dramatics, through the amateur theatricals staged by fledgling playwright Raynor Brook. Raynor and Estella are volatile sorts, inclined to spat; Estella flounces off to join a touring company, headed by handsome Tom Shipley, a student of the great Irving; the two, soon awash in desire and grappling hands, marry--but Tom's rather a brute, the company disbands, and pregnant Estella learns that Tom's a bigamist. Meanwhile, Lindsey declines to marry, being devoted to her work; she also declines the advances of devoted housemate Charlotte--who must be satisfied with a platonic adoration. But then, while Estella is leaving her daughter Ellen with a miserable Charlotte, Lindsey decides to wed nice Dr. Mortimer Digby from Boston--a matter of friendship and convenience. And, after an unhappy sojourn with Digby's blueblood family in Boston, Lindsey's off to hear Professor Charcot's Paris lectures on diseases of the nervous system...and to meet, of course, that fascinating Dr. Freud! Eventually, then, in treatment to discover why she dislikes sex, Lindsey has a heavy case of transference as she and Sigmund plow together through her infant past: "The thought of him was comforting, troubling, very exciting, like being in love." But what of Estella, you ask? Well, she's now a notable courtesan in Paris and a rotten mother--until her better instincts resurface in a Taylor-Burton-ish reunion/triumph...while Lindsey and Digby find a serene life of love and work. Dotted with pale celebrity cameos and period medical lore. Same as description, Ships First Class, not media, spine creases, tight pages, edgewear, stamp inside, pages yellowing, $ 8/11.
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