Book summary: Esmerelda


A short story by Burnett, written in 1877. The tale is written from the perspective of a French tutor who meets with an American family, recently come to Paris after making a fortune in iron. The focus is on the daughter Esmeralda, and her mother's scheming to push the family into Parisian society. The plot is entirely predictable and a bit too melodramatic for my tastes- but an enjoyable short read for Burnett fans!

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