Eliza Donnithorne

Eliza Donnithorne

Harbour City Stories

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Could the inspiration for the character of Miss Havisham in Dickens’ Great Expectations be lying in Camperdown Cemetery? Over the past century a legend has developed that Eliza Emily Donnithorne, a recluse who loved books and birds, was in fact Dickens’ inspiration. Did she suffer a humiliating jilting as a young woman? Or is that merely wishful thinking? Find out ......
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Could the inspiration for the character of Miss Havisham in Dickens’ Great Expectations be lying in Camperdown Cemetery? Over the past century a legend has developed that Eliza Emily Donnithorne, a recluse who loved books and birds, was in fact Dickens’ inspiration. Did she suffer a humiliating jilting as a young woman? Or is that merely wishful thinking? Find out ......
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