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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party and their attendants. The two valets sat aloof superciliously. The rain came rattling down on the windows. In the intervals of the service you heard it, and the sobbing of old Mrs. Sedley in the pew. The parson‘s tones echoed sadly through the empty walls. Osborne‘s ‘I will‘ was sounded in very deep bass. Emmy‘s response came fluttering up to her lips from her heart, but was scarcely heard by anybody except Captain Dobbin. When the service was completed, Jos Sedley came forward and kissed

even the frigid old Bareacres could shoot out of her dismal eyes. When Lady de la Mole, who had ridden a score of times by Becky‘s side at Brussels, met Mrs. Crawley‘s open carriage in Hyde Park, her ladyship was quite blind, and could not in the least recognize her former friend. Even Mrs. Blenkinsop, the banker‘s wife, cut her at church. Becky went regularly to church now; it was edifying to see her enter there with Rawdon by her side, carrying a couple of large gilt Prayer-books, and

often-perverse irony. The phrase “Am I not a man and a brother?” was a famous abolitionist slogan in the first half of the nineteenth century, usually put into the mouth of a chained slave; its use here seems to ironize the slogan. 9 (p. 83) blood-red hand: A subtle double meaning: All baronets were entitled to bear, as part of their armorial insignia, the red hand of Ulster, which commemorates the fact that the baronetcy was created largely to raise funds for troops in Ulster. However, the

Beelzebub had him from street to street, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a little time, that he might, if possible, allure the Blessed One to cheapen and buy some of his vanities; but he had no mind to the merchandise, and therefore left the town, without laying out so much as one farthing upon these vanities. This fair, therefore, is an ancient thing, of long standing, and a very great fair. COMMENTS & QUESTIONS In this section, we aim to provide the reader with an array of

scandal. Osborne is not going to run off with a duchess or ruin a milliner. Miss Sedley is one of the most charming young women that ever lived. He‘s been engaged to her ever so long; and the man who calls her names had better not do so in my hearing.‘ With which, turning exceedingly red, Dobbin ceased speaking, and almost choked himself with a cup of tea. The story was over the regiment in half an hour; and that very evening Mrs. Major O‘Dowd wrote off to her sister Glorvina at O‘Dowdstown not

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