First published in 1880, Moths addresses such Victorian taboos as adultery, domestic violence, and divorce in vivid and flamboyant prose. The beautiful young heroine, Vere Herbert, suffers at the hands of both her tyrannical mother and her dissipated husband, and is finally united with her beloved, a famous opera singer. Moths was Ouida’s most popular work, and its melodramatic plot, glamorous European settings, and controversial treatment of marriage make it an important, as well as a highly entertaining, example of the nineteenth-century “high society” novel.
This Broadview edition includes a critical introduction and a broad range of contextual documents, including contemporary reactions to Ouida’s fiction and a selection of nineteenth-century writings on marriage, feminism, and the aristocracy.
The Space History Division of the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, located in Washington, D.C., features an article entitled "Friendship 7." American astronaut John Glenn (1921- ) piloted the Mercury spacecraft Friendship 7 into space and orbited three times around the Earth on February 20, 1962. With this mission, Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. This mission was known as the Mercury MA-6 mission and lasted four hours and 55 minutes. A photograph of the spacecraft is available.
Opening lines of Chapter 1:"A blue sea, some palms with their heads bound up, some hedges of cactus and aloes; some thickets of high rose-laurel, a long marble terrace shining in the sun, huge groups of geraniums not yet frost-bitten, a low white house with green shutters and wooden balconies, a ch�let roof and a classical colonnade, these all-together with some entangled shrubberies, an orange orchard, and an olive wood-made up a place which was known on the French Riviera as La Jacquemerille."