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Vanity Fair

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

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1. 01 – Chiswick Mall
2. 02 – In Which Miss Sharp and Miss Sedley Prepare to Open the Campaign
3. 03 – Rebecca is in Presence of the Enemy
4. 04 – The Green Silk Purse
5. 05 – Dobbin of Ours
6. 06 – Vauxhall
7. 07 – Crawley of Queen’s Crawley
8. 08 – Private and Confidential
9. 09 – Family Portraits
10. 10 – Miss Sharp Begins To Make Friends
11. 11 – Arcadian Simplicity
12. 12 – Quite a Sentimental Chapter
13. 13 – Sentimental and Otherwise
14. 14 – Miss Crawley at Home
15. 15 – In Which Rebecca’s Husband Appears for a Short Time
16. 16 – The Letter on the Pincushion
17. 17 – How Captain Dobbin Bought a Piano
18. 18 – Who Played on the Piano Captain Dobbin Bought
19. 19 – Miss Crawley at Nurse
20. 20 – In Which Captain Dobbin Acts as the Messenger of Hymen
21. 21 – A Quarrel About an Heiress
22. 22 – A Marriage and Part of a Honeymoon
23. 23 – Captain Dobbin Proceeds on His Canvass
24. 24 – In Which Mr. Osborne Takes Down the Family Bible
25. 25 – In Which All the Principal Personages Think Fit to Leave Brighton
26. 26 – Between London and Chatham
27. 27 – In Which Amelia Joins Her Regiment
28. 28 – In Which Amelia Invades the Low Countries
29. 29 – Brussels
30. 30 – The Girl I Left Behind Me
31. 31 – In Which Jos Sedley Takes Care of His Sister
32. 32 – In Which Jos Takes Flight, and the War Is Brought to a Close
33. 33 – In Which Miss Crawley’s Relations Are Very Anxious About Her
34. 34 – James Crawley’s Pipe is Put Out
35. 35 – Widow and Mother
36. 36 – How to Live Well on Nothing a Year
37. 37 – The Subject Continued
38. 38 – A Family in a Very Small Way
39. 39 – A Cynical Chapter
40. 40 – In Which Becky Is Recognized by the Family
41. 41 – In Which Becky Revisits the Halls of Her Ancestors
42. 42 – Which Treats of the Osborne Family
43. 43 – In Which the Reader has to Double the Cape
44. 44 – A Round-about Chapter between London and Hampshire
45. 45 – Between Hampshire and London
46. 46 – Struggles and Trials
47. 47 – Gaunt House
48. 48 – In Which the Reader Is Introduced to the Very Best of Company
49. 49 – In Which we Enjoy Three Courses and a Desert
50. 50 – Contains a Vulgar Incident
51. 51 – In Which a Charade Is Acted Which May or May Not Puzzle the Reader
52. 52 – In Which Lord Steyne Shows Himself In A Most Amiable Light
53. 53 – A Rescue And A Catastrophe
54. 54 – Sunday After the Battle
55. 55 – In Which the Same Subject is Pursued
56. 56 – Georgy is Made a Gentleman
57. 57- Eothen
58. 58 – Our Friend the Major
59. 59 – The Old Piano
60. 60 – Returns to the Genteel World
61. 61 – In Which Two Lights Are Put Out
62. 62 – Am Rhein
63. 63 – In Which We Meet An Old Acquaintance
64. 64 – A Vagabond Chapter
65. 65 – Full of Business and Pleasure
66. 66 – Amantium Irae
67. 67 – Which Contains Births, Marriages, and Deaths

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Summary

If you've enjoyed watching the 1998 BBC television miniseries, you'd probably want to renew your acquaintance with William Makepeace Thackeray's 1847 novel, Vanity Fair. However, if you're unfamiliar with what has been dubbed one of the Best 100 Books in English Literature, you certainly have a treat ahead. Miss Pinkerton's Academy in Chiswick Mall in London is where young ladies with ambitions of making a good marriage are sent by their socially aspiring middleclass parents. Two young ladies, Amelia Sedley and Rebecca (Becky) Sharpe are on their way home after completing their term at Miss Pinkerton's. Amelia is from a well to do family, while Becky is a scheming orphan who has latched on to her amiable friend in the hopes of climbing the social ladder. In Amelia's comfortable Russell Square home, Becky goes to work immediately. Her target is Amelia's clumsy, boastful, wealthy civil servant brother, Joseph, who is home on furlough from India. She also meets the dashing Captain George Osborne, Amelia's childhood sweetheart. Things don't go according to plan and Becky soon moves to a country mansion, Queen's Crawley, where she takes up a job as a governess to the children of the wealthy widower Sir Pitt Crawley. She manages to entrap the naïve younger son of the house, Rawdon Crawley. Meanwhile, Amelia and George marry. However, George is not all he seems and turns out to be a coward in war and an unscrupulous liar. He is also weary of his marriage and begins to pay undue attentions to Becky, whom he meets in Brighton where she is staying with her husband. The rest of the story follows the lives of the two classmates and their travails. The title of Vanity Fair is taken from John Bunyan's famous 17th century work, Pilgrim's Progress. In Bunyan's allegorical tale of Christian's journey, Vanity Fair is the name of an endless carnival in the town of Vanity, and represents worldly vices and sinful attachments. Thackeray was writing in the Golden Age of Satire when greats like Dryden, Pope, Swift, Addison, Steele and Fielding were regaling readers with their caustic, acerbic wit. Vanity Fair explores the ideas of transient, materialistic desires and their harmful effects on people. His biting satirical portrait of the selfish and street smart Becky and her overwhelming desire for wealth and social success is one of the masterpieces in English literature. Thackeray's brilliant gifts for slicing through the pretensions and facades that human beings hide behind remain one of the reasons why Vanity Fair is even today considered a must read classic.

Reviews

dg

- loooong

A very tedious and long book! The readers are generally good with a few very annoying. Very glad when villains and idiots die off and quite a few of both.