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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Sylvia's Lovers (1863) is a novel written by Elizabeth Gaskell.

It is the story of Sylvia, who lives with her parents on a farm, she meets Charlie Kinread and falls in love with him. He goes off to sea, comes back and is then press-ganged. He is seen being press-ganged by Sylvias cousin Philip who is also in love with Sylvia. Philip does not tell Sylvia he saw Kinread being press-ganged, and lets her go on believing he is dead, and eventually he marries her. She (inevitably) finds out that Philip knew Kinread was still alive and throws him out. He joins the army, and ends up fighting in the Napoleonic wars where he saves kinread's life. Kinread goes back to Britain, and his wife goes to Sylvia to tell her her husband is a hero. Sylvia then realizes she's actually in love with Philip and Charlie Kinread is a cad. Philip meanwhile has had half his face blown off in France and returns to the small Northumbrian village to see if he can see his child. He ends up staying with Sylvia's parents' servant's sister and rescues his child when she nearly drowns. Sylvia realizes too late who he is, and he dies.

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