Teaser Tuesdays: Mary Anne by Daphne du Maurier

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just open your current read to a random page and share a few sentences. Be careful not to include spoilers!

Why did it take me so long to pick up another of du Maurier’s books, after I loved Rebecca so much? Ack! I ask you! Mary Anne is something rather different, but still wonderful. I see a number of other archetypal heroines (or anti-heroines) in the character of Mary Anne. The teaser I’ve selected for you rang a bell loud and clear, for me at least, reminding me very much of a certain young lady from another great book. Leave me a comment and name that other lady if it is equally reminiscent for you! Hint: the author of the other book shares the same set of initials with the author of The Song of Achilles. And without further chit-chat, here is your teaser.

She could not separate success from peace of mind. The two must go together; her observation pointed to this truth. Failure meant poverty, poverty meant squalor, squalor led, in the final stages, to the smells and stagnation of Bowling Inn Alley.

Go get ’em, Mary Anne. Check back for a review to come, but for now: I like it.

7 Responses

  1. Here’s a wild guess – or maybe you gave too many hints! – Gone with the Wind. How many MM’s are there struggling with failure, poverty, and squalor?

  2. Great teaser. Sounds like a strong character. Thanks for sharing! My teaser is here.

  3. Very interesting. I’m going to be checking out both Mary Annd and Rebecca 🙂

    Here’s my teaser:

    http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2012/05/teaser-tuesday-52212.html

    Colletta

  4. In the past 2 days I have heard so much about this author. I never who she was until these past two days. I have not read Rebecca. But it seems everyone thinks that book is good. I will definitely have to look into it.

    Great teaser XD

    Maura @ Monsterofbooks.blogspot.com

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