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[This novel was issued in monthly parts from January 1847 to July
1848; first edition in book-form, 1848; revised edition, without illus-
trations and with certain passages omitted (given here in the Appendix),
1864. The text here given is that of the revised edition of 1864.]

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EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION

xiii
BEFORE THE CURTAIN

I

CHAPTER
I. CHISWICK MALL

3
II. IN WHICH MISS SHARP AND Miss SEDLEY PREPARE TO
OPEN THE CAMPAIGN

13
III. REBECCA IS IN PRESENCE OF THE ENEMY

24
IV. THE GREEN SILK PURSE

32
V. DOBBIN OF OURS

48
VI. VAUXHALL

60
VII. CRAWLEY OF QUEEN'S CRAWLEY

76
VIII. PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL

88
IX. FAMILY PORTRAITS

97
X. Miss SHARP BEGINS TO MAKE FRIENDS

105
XI. ARCADIAN SIMPLICITY

113
XII. QUITE A SENTIMENTAL CHAPTER

131
XIII. SENTIMENTAL AND OTHERWISE

140
XIV. Miss CRAWLEY AT HOME

158
XV. IN WHICH REBECCA'S HUSBAND APPEARS FOR A SBORT
TIME

179
XVI. THE LETTER ON THE PINCUSHION

189
XVII. How CAPTAIN DOBBIN BOUGHT A PIANO

200
XVIII. WHO PLAYED ON THE PIANO CAPTAIN DOBBIN BOUGHT? 211 %
XIX. Miss CRAWLEY AT NURSE

224
XX. IN WHICH CAPTAIN DOBBIN ACTS AS THE MESSENGER
OF HYMEN

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XXI. A QUARREL ABOUT AN HEIRESS

248
XXII. A MARRIAGE AND PART OF A HONEYMOON

200
XXIII. CAPTAIN DOBBIN PROCEEDS ON HIS CANVASS

269
XXIV. IN WHICH MR. OSBORNE TAKES DOWN THE FAMILY
BIBLE

276
XXV. IN WHICH ALL THE PRINCIPAL PERSONAGES THINK FIT
TO LEAVE BRIGHTON

292

315

XXVI. BETWEEN LONDON AND CHATHAM
XXVII. IN WHICH AMELIA JOINS HER REGIMENT
XXVIII. IN WHICH AMELIA INVADES THE Low COUNTRIES

325

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344

361

XXIX. BRUSSELS
XXX. “THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND ME'
XXXI. IN WHICH Jos SEDLEY TAKES CARE OF HIS SISTER
XXXII. IN WHICH Jos TAKES FLIGHT, AND THE WAR IS

BROUGHT TO A CLOSE

373

386

XXXIII. IN WHICH Miss CRAWLEY'S RELATIONS ARE VERY

ANXIOUS ABOUT HER

406

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438

452

464

482

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510

522

XXXIV. JAMES CRAWLEY'S PIPE IS PUT OUT

XXXV. WIDOW AND MOTHER
XXXVI. How TO LIVE WELL ON NOTHING A YEAR
XXXVII. THE SUBJECT CONTINUED
XXXVIII. A FAMILY IN A VERY SMALL WAY
XXXIX. A CYNICAL CHAPTER

XL. IN WHICH BECKY IS RECOGNIZED BY THE FAMILY
XLI. IN WHICH BECKY REVISITS THE HALLS OF

HER
ANCESTORS
XLII. WHICH TREATS OF THE OSBORNE FAMILY
XLIII. IN WHICH THE READER HAS TO DOUBLE THE CAPE
XLIV. A ROUNDABOUT CHAPTER BETWEEN LONDON AND

HAMPSHIRE
XLV. BETWEEN HAMPSHIRE AND LONDON
XLVI. STRUGGLES AND TRIALS
XLVII. GAUNT HOUSE
XLVIII. IN WHICH THE READER IS INTRODUCED TO THE VERY

BEST OF COMPANY

535

543

.

555

568

579

588

598

4

633

CHAPTER

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XLIX. IN WHICH WE ENJOY THREE COURSES AND A DESSERT 612
L. CONTAINS A VULGAR INCIDENT

621
LI, IN WHICH A CHARADE IS ACTED WHICH MAY OR MAY

NOT PUZZLE THE READER -
LII. IN WHICH LORD STEYNE SHOWS HIMSELF IN A MOST
AMIABLE LIGHT

657
LIII. A RESCUE AND A CATASTROPHE

668
LIV. SUNDAY AFTER THE BATTLE

678
LV. IN WHICH THE SAME SUBJECT IS PURSUED

690
LVI. GEORGY IS MADE A GENTLEMAN

707
LVII. EOTHEN

723
LVIII. OUR FRIEND THE MAJOR

733
LIX. THE OLD PIANO

- 749
LX. RETURNS TO THE GENTEEL WORLD

- 761
LXI. IN WHICH Two LIGHTS ARE PUT OUT

768
LXII. AM RHEIN

783
LXIII. IN WHICH WE MEET AN OLD ACQUAINTANCE

797
LXIV. A VAGABOND CHAPTER

812
LXV. FULL OF BUSINESS AND PLEASURE

830
LXVI. AMANTIUM IRAE

839
LXVII. Which CONTAINS BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, AND DEATHS 856

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W. M. THACKERAY. From a Drawing by Samuel Laurence,
Engraved by Armytage

Frontispiece
FACSIMILE OF WRAPPER TO ONE OF THE ORIGINAL MONTHLY

NUMBERS
FACSIMILE TITLE-PAGE TO THE FIRST EDITION

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REBECCA'S FAREWELL

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ju MR. JOSEPH ENTANGLED

45
MR. JOSEPH IN A STATE OF EXCITEMENT

67
REBECCA MAKES ACQUAINTANCE WITH A LIVE BARONET

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MISS SHARP IN HER SCHOOLROOM
Miss CRAWLEY'S AFFECTIONATE RELATIVES
LIEUTENANT OSBORNE AND HIS ARDENT LOVE-LETTERS
MR. OSBORNE'S WELCOME TO AMELIA
THE NOTE ON THE PINCUSHION
AN ELEPHANT FOR SALE
MR. SEDLEY AT THE COFFEE-HOUSE
Miss SWARTZ REHEARSING FOR THE DRAWING-ROOM
ENSIGN STUBBLE PRACTISING THE ART OF WAR
A FAMILY PARTY AT BRIGHTON
MRS. OSBORNE'S CARRIAGE STOPPING THE WAY
MRS. O'Dowd AT THE FLOWER MARKET
VENUS PREPARING THE ARMOUR OF MARS
MR. Jos SHAVES OFF HIS MOUSTACHIOS
MR. JAMES's PIPE IS PUT OUT
MAJOR SUGARPLUMS
MRS. RAWDON'S DEPARTURE. FROM PARIS
GEORGY MAKES ACQUAINTANCE WITH A WATERLOO MAN
THE RIBBONS DISCOVERED IN THE FACT -
SIR Pitt's LAST STAGE
GLORVINA TRIES HER FASCINATION ON THE MAJOR
THE ARRIVAL AT QUEEN'S CRAWLEY
BECKY IN LOMBARD STREET
GEORGY GOES TO CHURCH GENTEELLY
THE TRIUMPH OF CLYTEMNESTRA
COLONEL CRAWLEY IS WANTED
SIR PITT'S STUDY-CHAIR
GEORGY A GENTLEMAN
Mr. Jos's HOOKAHBADAR
A MEETING
A FINE SUMMER EVENING
JOS PERFORMS A POLONAISE
THE LETTER BEFORE WATERLOO
BECKY'S SECOND APPEARANCE IN THE CHARACTER OF CLYTE-

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VIRTUE REWARDED : A BOOTH IN VANITY FAIR -

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In this and the following Introductions we have no longer to arrange, and comment upon, a mosaic of productions smaller and larger, better or worse, but hetero

geneous, except as pervaded by the spirit of their author. EL

Nor have we to contemplate any longer the spectacle

of that good man struggling with adversity-a spectacle + which may be legitimately attractive to gods, but which

has very little legitimate attraction for fellow men. Each volume will now contain either, as in the case of most,

a single and substantial masterpiece, or, as in one or two, 5: a group of pieces the worst of which could not have been

written except by a master. And although Vanity Fair, the first of them, did not immediately receive the welcome it deserved-though it needed (or is said to have needed) a friendly shove from Hayward to clear it of the launching

ways, a sisterly haul from the ‘ little tug' Mrs. Perkins's 1 Ball to get it out of the shallows--yet before long it had its share at last of triumph and of gale.

There are some odd chronological coincidences about it. Not only was Thackeray just at 'the middle of the career of our life' when the first number appeared on New Year's Day, 1847, but, still more curiously, he had reached almost

the exact centre of his own much shorter career of literaB

ture. Between the Snob and Vanity Fair almost exactly the same space of years passed as between Vanity Fair and the last Roundabout or chapter of Denis Duval. His experiences were to be happier in the second period than in the first. The gods showed themselves at last not helpless in the fight with stupidity. But that fight never entirely

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