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Top Ten Classics: Departures
We're looking at the very best departures in Classics this month: from rooms, counties, families, and life itself.
1. The Woman in White
When Laura Fairlie departs on a trip to London, little does she know that betrayal, drugging and an asylum await her. A typical trip to the capital, then.
2. The House of Mirth
No matter how many times you read it, the gradual departure of Lily's potential and her own future is truly heart-breaking.
3. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Helen leaves behind her dissolute, corrupting husband, in one of the most important departures in feminist literature. Girl power, Helen.
4. A Month in the Country
In the sad, thoughtful summer's tale, Tom Birkin's final departure from Oxgodby is heart-wrenching and beautiful.
5. A Winter's Tale
One of the most famous stage directions, Antigonus and gang depart the stage sharpish: Exeunt, pursued by bear
6. A Doll's House
Another wife-walking-out: controversial at the time and shocking even now, Nora leaves her husband and children to discover her own identity. *door slams*
7. Dombey and Son
Deranged by jealousy and hatred, Dombey strikes his wonderful daughter Florence, which breaks his spell over her, and she flees the house to safety.
8. The Portrait of a Lady
"'Why should you go back - why should you go back through that ghastly form?' 'To get away from you!' she answered." Poor Isabel Osmond departs from Caspar, knowing nothing good can come of their love.
9. The Diary of a Nobody
Several visitors to the Pooter household have their departure hastened by tripping over the scraper outside the door. The poor Curate even tears his trousers.
10. Anna Karenina
No departure board needed for poor Anna - just a one way ticket, please.
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