I found this to be a delightful story (or series of vignettes). Most of the residents of Cranford are women. Visiting and calls had rigid rules and regulations: from twelve to three are the calling hours, stays must not exceed a quarter of an hour, and no more than three days should elapse between receiving and returning a call. No one ever spoke about money. And manners were more important than anything.
According to Goodreads: "First published as a
magazine serial from 1851 and then in novel form in 1853, Cranford is
the best-known work by Elizabeth Gaskell (1810 65)." I read this as my 19th Century Classic for the Back to the Classics Challenge 2014, and I rate it 4 out of 5. This is my final book for the required categories. I plan to read The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton for the category "A Classic That's Been Adapted into a Movie or TV Series" (unless I change my mind - which I've done several times with this challenge already).