The Fifth Child


Doris Lessing

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The Victorian House

At the beginning of the novel, Harriet and David purchase their dream home, an enormous house that they can’t afford, but which they see as a starting point for the large family they plan to…

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The Institution

When the Lovatt family determines that their idyllic family life is threatened by Ben’s violent behaviors, they decide to commit Ben to an institution despite his not having a diagnosis that warrants such an…

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