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.
The author narrated a story of one young woman. She was about 28 years old, she finished studying in the university, she was clever, she knew a great number of important people, she had a quiet decision of speech and manner which was found very impressive in Wattleborough drawing-rooms. Every dweller of the town had spread gossips about her. She never wasted time, and in matters of business had cultivated a notable brevity. But in one day she faced with troubles. Read it till the end to know the whole story!