The old wives tale is a novel by arnold bennett first published in 1908 it deals with the lives of two very different sisters constance and sophia baines following their stories from their youth working in their mothers drapers shop into old age. Hg wells described the old wives tale as by far the finest long novel written in english and in the english fashion he was of course speaking for his own generation and a hundred years later the opinion may seem somewhat exaggerated. An old wives tale is a supposed truth which is actually spurious or a superstition it can be said sometimes to be a type of urban legend said to be passed down by older women to a younger generationsuch tales are considered superstition folklore or unverified claims with exaggerated and or inaccurate details old wives tales often center on womens traditional concerns such as pregnancy . The old wives tale and the expression is a spin off from the misguided notion that you could recover from a dog bite by plucking a hair from the dog and holding it to the wound unfortunately . The old wives tale penguin classics arnold bennett on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers first published in 1908 the old wives tale affirms the integrity of ordinary lives as it tells the story of the baines sisters shy
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