Vanity Fair (Penguin Classics)

Vanity Fair (Penguin Classics)

William Makepeace Thackeray

Language: English

Pages: 912

ISBN: 0141439831

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


No one is better equipped in the struggle for wealth and worldly success than the alluring and ruthless Becky Sharp, who defies her impoverished background to clamber up the class ladder. Her sentimental companion Amelia, however, longs only for caddish soldier George. As the two heroines make their way through the tawdry glamour of Regency society, battles—military and domestic—are fought, fortunes made and lost. The one steadfast and honourable figure in this corrupt world is Dobbin with his devotion to Amelia, bringing pathos and depth to Thackeray's gloriously satirical epic of love and social adventure. 

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old gentleman who carried the boy. ‘Wasn‘t he, Georgy?‘ ‘Yes,‘ said Georgy. He and the little chap on the pony were looking at each other with all their might—solemnly scanning each other as children do. ‘In a line regiment,‘ Clink said, with a patronizing air. ‘He was a captain in the—th Regiment,‘ said the old gentleman, rather pompously. ‘Captain George Osborne, sir—perhaps you knew him. He died the death of a hero, sir, fighting against the Corsican tyrant.‘ Colonel Crawley blushed quite

empire, with the title of Premier Gen tilhomme of his Kingdom. Do you remember, dear M—, O friend of my youth, how one blissful night five-and-twenty years since, The Hypocrite being acted, Elliston being manager, Dowton and Liston performers, two boys had leave from their loyal masters to go out from Slaughter House School where they were educated, and to appear on Drury Lane stage, amongst a crowd which assembled there to greet the King. THE KING? There he was. Beef-eatersob were before the

this romantic position Osborne and Amelia found the interesting pair, when they entered to announce that tiffin was ready. The skein of silk was just wound round the card; but Mr. Jos had never spoken. ‘I am sure he will to-night, dear,‘ Amelia said, as she pressed Rebecca‘s hand; and Sedley, too, had communed with his soul, and said to himself, “Gad, I‘ll pop the question at Vauxhall.‘ CHAPTER V Dobbin of Oursag Cuff‘s fight with Dobbin, and the unexpected issue of that contest, will

She disliked her elder nephew exceedingly, and despised him as a milksop. In return he did not hesitate to state that her soul was irretrievably lost, and was of opinion that his brother‘s chance in the next world was not a whit better. ‘She is a godless woman of the world,‘ would Mr. Crawley say; ‘she lives with atheists and Frenchmen. My mind shudders when I think of her awful, awful situation, and that, near as she is to the grave, she should be so given up to vanity, licentiousness,

beginnings. In short, the serial Victorian novelist combined the jobs of countless employees on a contemporary television series: Thackeray needed to be a disciplined writer, a gifted “continuity editor” (as the plot’s complexities had to be kept in mind), a talented artist with an eye for memorable caricature, and a planner responsive to the public commentary that would greet each plot development. His copy was due at the Punch office by the fifteenth of each month; although apocryphal stories

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