Thackeray: Vanity Fair (unabridged)

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Thackeray: Vanity Fair (unabridged)

Catalogue No:

NA0120

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25

Release date:

15th Feb 2013

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9781843797067

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32 hours 15 minutes

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Thackeray: Vanity Fair (unabridged)


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Vanity Fair, with its rich cast of characters, takes place on the snakes-and-ladders board of life. Amelia Sedley, daughter of a wealthy merchant, has a loving mother to supervise her courtship. Becky Sharp, an orphan, has to use her wit, charm, and resourcefulness to escape from her destiny as a governess. This she does ruthlessly, musing: I think I could become a good woman, if I had £5000 a year'. Thackeray's story is set at the time of the battle of Waterloo, in which the Sedley fortunes are lost and Amelia is back to square one while Becky rises with contemptuous ease.

William Makepeace Thackeray: Vanity Fair (Unabridged)

Vanity Fair

Chapter 1

Being commanded by her elder sister…

So that when the day of departure came…

Chapter 2

The humble calling of her female parent…

The happiness, the superior advantages of the young women…

By the time the young ladies reached Kensington turnpike…

Chapter 3

She had a vivid imagination…

Downstairs, then, they went…

Chapter 4

It was an advance, and as such, perhaps…

'Amelia had better write a note,' said her father…

'I delight in Hessian boots,' said Rebecca.

Sedley was going to make one of the most eloquent speeches possible…

'Bravo, Jos!' said Mr. Sedley…

Chapter 5

'Don't call names,' Dobbin said…

Whatever may have been his incentive, however…

Young Osborne wrote home to his parents…

'The Alderman's very rich, isn't he?' Osborne said archly.

Chapter 6

The party was landed at the Royal Gardens in due time.

Captain Dobbin had some thoughts of joining the party at supper…

'He must propose to-morrow,' thought Rebecca.

As George walked down Southampton Row, from Holborn…

The next day, however, as the two young ladies sat on the sofa…

Chapter 7

Having passed through Gaunt Square into Great Gaunt Street…

The lady addressed as Mrs. Tinker…

At four o'clock, on such a roseate summer's morning…

Chapter 8

Mr. Hodson laughed again.

'This is the new governess, Mr. Crawley,' said Lady Crawley…

After Mr. Crawley had done haranguing and expounding…

Chapter 9

It was he who taught the butler to say…

As he would not pay honest agents…

Chapter 10

Miss Violet's tastes were, on the contrary…

Whether it was the heart which dictated this new system…

Chapter 11

Very soon then after her arrival…

Miss Letitia Hawky, on the other hand, is not personally well-favoured.

Another admirable effect of Miss Crawley…

When Mrs. Bute Crawley (whose artifices…).

Miss Crawley had not long been established at the Hall…

'That was the most beautiful part of dear Lord Nelson's character…'

Chapter 12

Their house was comfortable…

Once, after three days of absence…

We have talked of shift, self, and poverty…

While under this overpowering impression…

Chapter 13

'Are you engaged?' Captain Dobbin interposed.

Sambo, whose face as he announced Captain Osbin…

When Amelia stepped forward to salute him…

The gloom on the paternal countenance…

'But to return to the other business about Amelia…'

Chapter 14

'But why, why won't she see me again?' Miss Briggs bleated out.

The causes which had led to the deplorable illness of Miss Crawley…

The Captain thought so, and raved about her in uncouth convulsions.

If the Baronet of Queen's Crawley…

'What a complexion, my dear! What a sweet voice!'

Rawdon Crawley received George Osborne…

'What an honour to have had you for a brother-in-law…'

When the demise took place…

Chapter 15

'My attitude,' Rebecca said…

Rebecca might, perhaps, have told more…

If the mere chance of becoming a baronet's daughter…

Chapter 16

The occurrences of the previous day…

'La, Miss Briggs,' the girl exclaimed…

It was not until the old lady was fairly ensconced…

Chapter 17

'No. 369,' roared Mr. Hammerdown.

In a word, it arrived that evening…

By these attentions, that veteran rake, Rawdon Crawley…

Chapter 18

Only once in the course of the long night…

And as a general rule…

Young Amelia felt that she would die or lose her senses outright…

'It is a mercy, Mamma, that the regiment is ordered abroad,'…

There was a little letter of a few lines, to which he pointed…

Chapter 19

'My girls' singing, after that little odious governess's…'

She described with the most vivid minuteness…

But if a fault may be found with her arrangements…

'The sight of her horrid nephew casually in the Park…'

Chapter 20

It is certain that Mr. Dobbin, having taken the matter in hand…

'You're a military man,' he went on…

George, in conversation with Amelia…

Chapter 21

This imperative hint disturbed George a good deal.

The girls, after vain attempts to engage him in conversation…

After giving a great heave…

Chapter 22

'Here you are,' said our old friend, Jos Sedley, coming forward.

Some ten days after the above ceremony…

Our young bride and bridegroom had chosen Brighton…

Chapter 23

'One of our young men is just married,' Dobbin said…

This adroit question touched the heart of Miss Jane Osborne not a little.

Chapter 24

'You are a good fellow, William,' said Mr. Osborne in a softened voice…

Miss Wirt, by consequence, was alone on her side of the board…

In the large shining mahogany escritoire…

The invitation and the rough draft of the answer…

This news made Dobbin grave…

Chapter 25

'A pretty way you have managed the affair,' said George…

Oh! thought she, I have been very wicked…

Amelia, with a look of tender alarm in her eyes…

Putting her arm round her friend's waist…

Mrs. Bute measured out the glasses of wine…

'Rawdon, who was all heart,' Rebecca continued…

'I thought that you were aware…'

Miss Crawley must have had some emotion upon seeing him…

Chapter 26

There were but nine days past since Amelia had left…

So he sent off Amelia once more in a carriage to her mamma…

Chapter 27

Major O'Dowd, who had served his sovereign…

'Mrs. Heavytop, the Colonel's wife…'

Chapter 28

Everybody had such a perfect feeling of confidence in the leader…

'Except Ireland, where all your best mate comes from'…

'I hope there will be no women besides our own party,'…

Chapter 29

'Don't you see that creature with a yellow thing in her turban…'

Amelia's gentle eyes, too, had been fixed anxiously on the pair…

George accepted the invitation, although his wife was a little ailing.

She spoke French so perfectly…

Osborne meanwhile, wild with elation, went off to a play-table…

Chapter 30

Rebecca always knew how to conjure away these moods of melancholy.

'What a fright I seem,' she said, examining herself in the glass…

'Sir,' said Jos, majestically…

Chapter 31

'How those sleeve-buttons will suit me!' thought he…

'The King of France is at Ghent, fellow,' replied Jos…

Oh! dear Mr. Sedley, I have come to you for comfort…

How long had that poor girl been on her knees!

Rebecca walked, too, silently away.

Chapter 32

As far as his regiment was concerned…

Isidor swept off the mustachios in no time with the razor…

It was while enjoying the humiliation of her enemy…

No man writhing in pain on the hard-fought field…

The Duke of Wellington had but twenty thousand British troops…

When Jos heard that dreadful sound…

Chapter 33

To the rector's lady…

The Lady Emily was her brother's senior by many years…

During these exercises old Southdown…

'Stop, my dear ladies,' said Pitt, the diplomatist.

Chapter 34

In the autumn evenings (when Rebecca was flaunting at Paris…).

Mrs. Bute did not augur much good to the cause…

'Haw, haw,' laughed James…

'Come, come,' said James…

Once up in the bedroom, one would have thought…

It is to be feared that this letter of the Parisian great lady…

Chapter 35

The letter was in George's well-known bold handwriting.

On the day after his arrival at Brussels…

They stared blank in the face of Osborne…

Suppose some twelve months after the above conversation…

Chapter 36

The truth is, when we say of a gentleman…

But, in spite of Rawdon's undoubted skill and constant successes…

Rebecca did not care much to go and see the son and heir.

Chapter 37

This was the way, then, Crawley got his house for nothing…

With regard to the world of female fashion and its customs…

When your father dies…

'Rawdon,' said Becky, very late one night…

About the little Rawdon, if nothing has been said all this while…

Now Rawdon Crawley, rascal as the Colonel was…

Chapter 38

Well, well - a carriage and three thousand a year…

Amelia, the gentlest and sweetest of everyday mortals…

In this room was all Amelia's heart and treasure.

He vowed and protested…

A second prospectus came out…

'Mrs. Mango's own set at the Pineries was not so fine,'…

Chapter 39

He led the way into Sir Pitt's 'Library'…

Sir Pitt lived in private…

Half an hour afterwards there was a great hurry and bustle in the house.

Chapter 40

At last a day came when the nurse's occupation was over.

In a word, Pitt having come to his kingdom…

Briggs was the house-dog whom Rebecca had provided as guardian…

Chapter 41

Sir Pitt had judged correctly, that she would not quit the premises.

'What I should like best,' said Rebecca…

Sir Pitt remembered the testimonies of respect and veneration…

Bute's curate, a smart young fellow from Oxford…

'It isn't difficult to be a country gentleman's wife,' Rebecca thought.

Chapter 42

That she should utterly break with the old man…

I can't say that nothing had occurred to disturb the monotony…

Chapter 43

There are women, and handsome women too…

We have said how the two Misses Dobbin and Amelia…

So these two were each exemplifying the Vanity of this life…

Chapter 44

Well, Rebecca listened to Pitt, she talked to him…

And with regard to Becky…

Lord Steyne also heartily disliked the boy.

It was dark again when little Rawdon was wakened up…

Chapter 45

Pitt Crawley was amazed and enraptured with her speech.

Next comes boy Jack, Tom Moody's son…

Her presence, too, rendered Lady Jane uneasy.

Chapter 46

In these quiet labours and harmless cares…

He brought back money and toys…

Then it came out that Jos's remittances were not paid…

Chapter 47

Lady Mary Caerlyon was brought up at a Parisian convent…

'Then again, as to the feeling of elder towards younger sons.'

It was the mysterious taint of the blood…

Chapter 48

Becky felt as if she could bless the people…

And the diamonds…

'If you had been sandy-haired, green-eyed…'

Briggs looked up from the work-table…

Chapter 49

The ladies of Gaunt House called Lady Bareacres in to their aid…

On her first appearance Lord Steyne stepped forward…

Chapter 50

One truth after another was marshalling itself…

Her mind being made up…

The widow broke the matter to Georgy with great caution…

Chapter 51

I doubt, I say, that Becky would have selected either…

'Rawdon would make a very good Ecuyer…'

The little woman, attacked on a sudden…

At the time whereof we are writing…

The second part of the charade takes place.

'I think it must be "Hotel",' says Captain Grigg of the Life Guards…

There was a ball after the dramatic entertainments…

Chapter 52

It was honest Briggs who made up the little kit for the boy…

He laughed within himself at this artless story.

What words can paint the ecstatic gratitude of Briggs!

Chapter 53

Now on the score of his application…

When Rawdon read over this letter…

He, too, attempted a laugh…

Chapter 54

Damn it. Look here, Pitt…

Rawdon Crawley meanwhile hurried on from Great Gaunt Street…

'You don't know how fond I was of that one,' Rawdon said…

Chapter 55

'Are you all here to insult me?' cried Becky in a fury…

'I looked for a peerage for you, Pitt,' she said…

Young Tandyman, a hero of seventeen…

The Colonel and his aide-de-camp went out to meet the gentleman…

'She asked you to sup with her?' Captain Macmurdo said.

But Rawdon would not hear of it.

Chapter 56

Though he was scarcely eleven years of age…

In the company of this gentleman…

'Then those friends who had the honour…'

Miss Osborne, George's aunt, was a faded old spinster…

Chapter 57

The hidden and awful Wisdom…

He desired to be buried with a little brown hair-chain…

Many and many a night…

Chapter 58

There, however, stood the old waiter at the door…

The landlord and landlady of the house…

'Who is come?' said Emmy, still thinking of her son.

She did not talk at all about her own sufferings…

Chapter 59

To make these waistcoats for a man of his size and dignity…

But Amelia, looking up at her bed…

Shortly after Jos's first appearance at Brompton…

When the men appeared then bearing this old music-box…

Chapter 60

Emmy, you may be sure, was very glad to see her…

Joseph Sedley then led a life of dignified otiosity…

Chapter 61

He loved his daughter with more fondness now…

When old Osborne first heard from his friend Colonel Buckler…

'It is some of Sedley's wine,' whispered the butler to his master.

Jos's friends, male and female, suddenly became interested…

Our old friend, Miss Swartz, and her husband…

Chapter 62

'Those people seem to interest you a good deal,' said Dobbin…

And in reply to some faint objections of Mrs. Amelia's…

During the astonishing Chorus of the Prisoners…

Chapter 63

Pumpernickel stands in the midst of a happy valley…

Besides the regular sentries…

Some of the German ladies, who are very sentimental…

When she saw the boy, at whose face she looked hard…

Chapter 64

She was probably so much occupied in arranging these affairs…

It was after this visit that Becky, who had paid her weekly bills…

The Eagles then patronized Mrs. Rawdon…

So our little wanderer went about setting up her tent…

So Becky, who had arrived in the diligence from Florence…

Becky laughed, though in rage and fury.

Chapter 65

The frank honest face, to tell the truth…

Jos walked over to Dobbin's lodgings with great solemnity…

'Her!' said Amelia, 'who is it?'

Chapter 66

Emmy received this story, which was told at some length…

William was too much hurt or ashamed…

'Take lessons, my dear Mrs. George,' cried the Major…

He being gone, Emmy was particularly lively and affectionate…

A hundred times on the point of yielding…

'He wishes to speak to you away from me,' said Becky…

Whilst they had been talking…

Chapter 67

Emmy was not very happy after her heroic sacrifice.

At last the much-bragged-about boxes arrived from Leipzig…

The more he thought of this long passage of his life…

Rebecca, to do her justice…

Two mornings after this little scene…

Perhaps it was compunction towards the kind and simple creature…

The Colonel's brow darkened at this.

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