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Nether World

George Gissing (1857-1903)

1. Chapter 01: A Thrall of Thralls
2. Chapter 02: A Friend in Request
3. Chapter 03: A Superfluous Family
4. Chapter 04: Clara and Jane
5. Chapter 05: Jane is Visited
6. Chapter 06: Glimpses of the Past
7. Chapter 07: Mrs. Byass's Lodgings
8. Chapter 08: Pennyloaf Candy
9. Chapter 09: Pathological
10. Chapter 10: The Last Combat
11. Chapter 11: A Disappointment
12. Chapter 12: Io Saturnalia
13. Chapter 13: The Bringer of Ill News
14. Chapter 14: A Welcome Guest
15. Chapter 15: Sunlight in Dreary Places
16. Chapter 16: Dialogue and Comment
17. Chapter 17: Clem Makes a Disclosure
18. Chapter 18: The Joke is Completed
19. Chapter 19: A Retreat
20. Chapter 20: A Vision of Noble Things
21. Chapter 21: Death the Reconciler
22. Chapter 22: Watching from Ambush
23. Chapter 23: On the Eve of Triumph
24. Chapter 24: The Family History Progresses
25. Chapter 25: A Double Consecration
26. Chapter 26: Sidney's Struggle
27. Chapter 27: Clara's Return
28. Chapter 28: The Soup-Kitchen
29. Chapter 29: Phantoms
30. Chapter 30: On a Barren Shore
31. Chapter 31: Woman and Actress
32. Chapter 32: A Haven
33. Chapter 33: A Fall from the Ideal
34. Chapter 34: The Debt Repaid
35. Chapter 35: The Treasury Unlocked
36. Chapter 36: The Heir
37. Chapter 37: Mad Jack's Dream
38. Chapter 38: Joseph Transacts Much Business
39. Chapter 39: Sidney
40. Chapter 40: Jane

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Summary

This sad social novel revolves around the problematic issue of money. Michael returns from Australia to London a rich man. However, he hides this fact from everybody and spends money only on the things he really needs. He contemplates leaving his money to his granddaughter Jane, under the condition that she donate at least most of it to charity. However, Jane is not sure she can do it. This novel tells much about working class life in 19th century London.