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Vera

Elizabeth Von Arnim (1866-1941)

1. 01 - Chapter I
2. 02 - Chapter II
3. 03 - Chapter 3
4. 04 - Chapter 4
5. 05 - Chapter V
6. 06 - Chapter VI
7. 07 - Chapter VII
8. 08 - Chapter VIII
9. 09 - Chapter IX
10. 10 - Chapter X
11. 11 - Chapter XI
12. 12 - Chapter XII
13. 13 - Chapter XIII
14. 14 - Chapter XIV
15. 15 - Chapter XV
16. 16 - Chapter XVI
17. 17 - Chapter XVII
18. 18 - Chapter XVIII
19. 19 - Chapter XIX
20. 20 - Chapter XX
21. 21 - Chapter XXI
22. 22 - Chapter XXII
23. 23 - Chapter XXIII
24. 24 - Chapter XXIV
25. 25 - Chapter XXV
26. 26 - Chapter XXVI
27. 27 - Chapter XXVII
28. 28 - Chapter XXVIII
29. 29 - Chapter XXIX
30. 30 - Chapter XXX
31. 31 - Chapter XXXI
32. 32 - Chapter XXXII

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Summary

Vera (1921) by Elizabeth von Arnim is a black comedy based on her disastrous second marriage to Earl Russell: a mordant analysis of the romantic delusions through which wives acquiesce in husbands' tyrannies. In outline the story of this utterly unromantic novel anticipates DuMaurier's Rebecca. Naive Lucy Entwhistle is swept into marriage by widower, Everard Wemyss. His mansion "The Willows" is pervaded by the spectre of his dead wife Vera, with whom Lucy becomes obsessed. ... Here the servants are partisan for both wives, and lose no opportunity to disrupt Everard's unctuous, oppressive household routines. An extraordinarily black vision of marriage, also continuously funny, the novel's power lies in the wit and economy of the usually prolix Von Arnim.