John Halifax, Gentleman

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A novel by Mrs Craik published 1856.

The story tells of the poor honest orphan John, who finds employment with the tanner Abel Fletcher and is befriended by Abel's weakling son Phineas, improves his position, and marries the book's heroine, Ursula March. John's status as ‘gentleman’ is earned not by birth and wealth but by his own integrity and worth.

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