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The Newcomes is Thackeray's most "Victorian" novel, generous in its proportions, sharp in its criticism of the morality of the age, and encyclopedic in its reference. Set in the 1830s and 1840s, a period of rapid change and of political and economic development, the novel considers thefortunes and misfortunes of a respectable extended middle-class family. At its center is Thomas Newcome, whose distinctive but old-fashioned gentlemanliness stands from the self-seeking society in which he lives. The most observant and witty of Thackeray's novels, The Newcomes is also among hismost complex and allusive, and this edition provides full and detailed notes that clarify many of his references.
CHAPTER I2015-04-19
The Overture - After which the Curtain rises upon a Drinking ChorusA crow, who had flown away with a cheese from a dairy-window, sate perched on a tree looking down at a great big frog in a pool underneath him.
CHAPTER II2015-04-19
Colonel Newcomes Wild OatsAs the young gentleman who has just gone to bed is to be the hero of the following pages, we had best begin our account of him with his family history, which luckily is not very long.When pigtails still grew on the backs of the British gentry,
CHAPTER III2015-04-18
Colonel Newcomes Letter-boxIWith the most heartfelt joy, my dear Major, I take up my pen to announce to you the happy arrival of the Ramchunder, and the dearest and handsomest little boy who, I am sure, ever came from India. Little Clive is in perfect health.
CHAPTER IV2015-04-18
In which the Author and the Hero resume their AcquaintanceIf we are to narrate the youthful history not only of the hero of this tale, but of the heros father, we shall never have done with nursery biography.
CHAPTER V2015-04-17
Clives UnclesThe dinner so hospitably offered by the Colonel was gladly accepted, and followed by many more entertainments at the cost of that good-natured friend. He and an Indian chum of his lived at this time at Nerots Hotel, in Clifford Street, where Mr. Clive, too, found the good
CHAPTER VI2015-04-17
Newcome BrothersBesides his own boy, whom he worshipped, this kind Colonel had a score, at least, of adopted children, to whom he chose to stand in the light of a father. He was for ever whirling away in postchaises to this school and that, to see Jack Browns boys, of the Cavalry;
CHAPTER VII2015-04-16
In which Mr. Clives School-days are overOur good Colonel had luckily to look forward to a more pleasant meeting with his son, than that unfortunate interview with his other near relatives. He dismissed his cab at Ludgate Hill, and walked thence by the dismal precincts of Newgate,
CHAPTER VIII2015-04-16
Mrs. Newcome at Home (a Small Early Party)To push on in the crowd, every male or female struggler must use his shoulders. If a better place than yours presents itself just beyond your neighbour, elbow him and take it. Look how a steadily purposed man or woman at court, at a ball, or exhibition,
CHAPTER IX2015-04-15
Miss HoneymansIn Steyne Gardens, Brighton, the lodging-houses are among the most frequented in that city of lodging-houses. These mansions have bow-windows in front, bulging out with gentle prominences, and ornamented with neat verandahs,
CHAPTER X2015-04-15
Ethel and her RelationsFor four-and-twenty successive hours Lady Anne Newcome was perfectly in raptures with her new lodgings, and every person and thing which they contained. The drawing-rooms were fitted with the greatest taste; the dinner was exquisite.
CHAPTER XI2015-04-14
At Mrs. RidleysSaint Peter of Alcantara, as I have read in a life of St. Theresa, informed that devout lady that he had passed forty years of his life sleeping only an hour and a half each day; his cell was but four feet and a half long, so that he never lay down:
CHAPTER XII2015-04-14
In which everybody is asked to DinnerJohn James had opened the door hastening to welcome a friend and patron, the sight of whom always gladdened the youths eyes; no other than Clive Newcome - in young Ridleys opinion, the most splendid,
CHAPTER XIII2015-04-13
In which Thomas Newcome sings his Last SongThe earliest comers were the first mate and the medical officer of the ship in which the two gentlemen had come to England. The mate was a Scotchman: the doctor was a Scotchman; of the gentlemen from the Oriental Club, three were Scotchmen.
CHAPTER XIV2015-04-13
Park LaneClive woke up the next morning to be aware of a racking headache, and, by the dim light of his throbbing eyes, to behold his father with solemn face at his bed-foot - a reproving conscience to greet his waking.You drank too much wine last night,
CHAPTER XV2015-04-12
The Old LadiesThe above letter and conversation will show what our active Colonels movements and history had been since the last chapter in which they were recorded. He and Clive took the Liverpool mail, and travelled from Liverpool to Newcome with a post-chaise and a pair of horses,
CHAPTER XVI2015-04-12
In which Mr. Sherrick lets his House in Fitzroy SquareIn spite of the sneers of the Newcome Independent, and the Colonels unlucky visit to his nurses native place, he still remained in high favour in Park Lane; where the worthy gentleman paid almost daily visits, and was received with
CHAPTER XVII2015-04-11
A School of ArtBritish art either finds her peculiar nourishment in melancholy, and loves to fix her abode in desert places; or it may be her purse is but slenderly furnished, and she is forced to put up with accommodations rejected by more prosperous callings.
CHAPTER XVIII2015-04-11
New CompanionsClive used to give droll accounts of the young disciples at Gandishs, who were of various ages and conditions, and in whose company the young fellow took his place with that good temper and gaiety which have seldom deserted him in life,
CHAPTER XIX2015-04-10
The Colonel at HomeOur good Colonels house had received a coat of paint, which, like Madame Latours rouge in her latter days, only served to make her careworn face look more ghastly. The kitchens were gloomy. The stables were gloomy.
CHAPTER XX2015-04-10
Contains more Particulars of the Colonel and his BrethrenClives amusements, studies, or occupations, such as they were, filled his day pretty completely, and caused the young gentlemans time to pass rapidly and pleasantly, his father, it must be owned,
CHAPTER XXI2015-04-09
Is Sentimental, but ShortWithout wishing to disparage the youth of other nations, I think a well-bred English lad has this advantage over them, that his bearing is commonly more modest than theirs. He does not assume the tail-coat and the manners of manhood too early:
CHAPTER XXII2015-04-09
Describes a Visit to Paris; with Accidents and Incidents in LondonMr. Clive, as we have said, had now begun to make acquaintances of his own; and the chimney-glass in his study was decorated with such a number of cards of invitation, as made his ex-fellow-student of Gandishs, young Moss,
CHAPTER XXIII2015-04-08
In which we hear a Soprano and a ContraltoThe most hospitable and polite of Colonels would not hear of Mrs. Mackenzie and her daughter quitting his house when he returned to it, after six weeks pleasant sojourn in Paris; nor, indeed, did his fair guest show the least anxiety or intention to
CHAPTER XXIV2015-04-08
In which the Newcome Brothers once more meet together in UnityHis narrative, as the judicious reader no doubt is aware, is written maturely and at ease, long after the voyage is over, whereof it recounts the adventures and perils; the winds adverse and favourable;
CHAPTER XXV2015-04-07
Is passed in a Public-houseI had no more conversation with Miss Newcome that night, who had forgotten her curiosity about the habits of authors. When she had ended her talk with Miss Mackenzie, she devoted the rest of the evening to her uncle, Colonel Newcome;
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