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The Battle of Life: A Love Story is a novel written by Charles Dickens published in 1846. Two sisters, Grace and Marion, live happily in an English village with their two servants, Clemency Newcome and Ben Britain, and their good-natured widower father Dr. Jeddler. Dr. Jeddler is a man whose philosophy is to treat life as a farce. Marion, the younger sister, is betrothed to Alfred Heathfield, Jeddler’s ward who is leaving the village to complete his studies. He entrusts Marion to Grace’s care and makes a promise to return to win Marion’s hand.