George Gissing (1857-1903) was an English writer whose works belonged to the literary movement of naturalism. In his books, George Gissing revealed the social topics and depicted the life of lower classes of the English society. His main characters often were poor people, drifters and prostitutes who struggled to survive. Gissing tried to understand those people's feelings but at the same time, he couldn't conceal his disgust towards them. Eventually it led to his attempts to escape from the controversies of reality through writing books set in ancient times.
In a suburb of the city was a man, who was chemist by examination. He was 38 years old and he was unmarried. For some years, he had pondered matrimony, though without fixing his affections on any particular person. It was plain, indeed, that he ought to marry. Every tradesman is made more respectable by wedlock, and a chemist who, in some degree, resembles a medical man, seems especially to stand in need of the matrimonial guarantee. He was very shy and couldn’t talk with respectable women. But one day there was an accident, that changed his life… Read the story till the end to know!