Miss Marjoribanks (1866) is the third, and arguably most popular, novel of Margaret Oliphant’s Carlingford series. It recounts how Lucilla Marjoribanks -- returned to her widowed father from school -- sets out to revolutionize fashionable society in the provincial town of Carlingford by means of her Thursday Evenings (dress code: white frocks, high), and ends ten years later with her marriage to her cousin Tom.
The novel has been read as a comment on women’s lives, careers and work by critics such as Elisabeth Jay, Linda Peterson and Andrea Kaston Tange: Lucilla thrives on banal conventionalities and excels at performing femininity while getting her way. Her Thursday Evenings, comfortable dinners, and the …
Citation: Reus, Anne. "Miss Marjoribanks". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 May 2020 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=33565, accessed 21 September 2023.]