Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero

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Harper & Brothers, 1849 - British - 332 pages
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User Review  - Barbara_Pym - LibraryThing

"I've also read Vanity Fair, after hearing it as a serial on the wireless. That marvellous Waterloo chapter was especially appropriate this summer although I had nobody in France or at Dunkirk. But ... Read full review

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Once I had printed out a list of characters and had it beside me, the reading was fine. There's no finer woman in this masterpiece than Mrs. Colonel O'Dowd, (nee Maloney of Ballymaloney) gallant, fearless wife and grande-dame of the -th Regiment. Read full review


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Page 239 - Moreover his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.
Page 73 - I'll make you a zettlement. I'll do everything reglar. Look year!" and the old man fell down on his knees and leered at her like a satyr. Rebecca started back a picture of consternation. In the course of this history we have never seen her lose her presence of mind ; but she did now, and wept some of the most genuine tears that ever fell from her eyes. "Oh, Sir Pitt!" she said. "Oh, sir— I— I'm married already.
Page 13 - The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it. and it will in turn look sourly upon you ; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind companion...
Page 332 - Ah ! Vanitas Vanitatum ! which of us is happy in this world ? Which of us has his desire ? or, having it, is satisfied ? — Come, children, let us shut up the box and the puppets, for our play is played out.
Page 46 - Ah, gracious powers ! I wish you would send me an old aunt — a maiden aunt — an aunt with a lozenge on her carriage, and a front of light coffee-coloured hair — how my children should work workbags for her, and my Julia and I would make her comfortable ! Sweet — sweet vision ! Foolish — foolish dream...
Page 62 - ... he has just had with Captain Dobbin, has possibly come to certain conclusions regarding the character of Mr. Osborne. Some cynical Frenchman has said that there are two parties to a lovetransaction : the one who loves and the other who condescends to be so treated.
Page 229 - ... honest women. The lord chamberlain gives them a certificate of virtue. And as dubious goods or letters are passed through an oven at quarantine, sprinkled with aromatic vinegar, and then pronounced clean — many a lady whose reputation would be doubtful otherwise and liable to give infection, passes through the wholesome ordeal of the royal presence, and issues from it free from all taint.
Page ii - ... would cry over a dead canary-bird ; or over a mouse, that the cat haply had seized upon ; or over the end of a novel, •were it ever so stupid ; and as for saying an unkind word to her, were any persons hard-hearted enough to do so — why, so much the worse for them.

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