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Hilda Lessways

Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett
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This book is the second in Bennett’s four books about life in the Five Towns (the real life Potteries in Staffordshire). It tells the story of Hilda before her marriage to Edwin Clayhanger (from the first book). Bennett explores Hilda's ambition to make a career for herself, her coming of age and her working experiences as a shorthand clerk and keeper of a lodging house in London and Brighton. He also shows her intensifying relationship with the enigmatic George Cannon that ends in her disastrous bigamous marriage and pregnancy, and finally her reconciliation with Edwin Clayhanger

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HILDA LESSWAYS

BY ARNOLD BENNETT

1911

CONTENTS

BOOK I HER START IN LIFE

I AN EVENT IN MR. SKELLORN'S LIFE II THE END OF THE SCENE III MR. CANNON IV DOMESTICITY INVADED V MRS. LESSWAYS' SHREWDNESS VI VICTOR HUGO AND ISAAC PITMAN VII THE EDITORIAL SECRETARY VIII JANET ORGREAVE IX IN THE STREET X MISS GAILEY IN DECLENSION XI DISILLUSION XII THE TELEGRAM XIII HILDA'S WORLD XIV TO LONDON

BOOK II HER RECOVERY

I SIN II THE LITTLE ROOM III JOURNEY TO BLEAKRIDGE IV WITH THE ORGREAVES V EDWIN CLAYHANGER VI IN THE GARDEN VII THE NEXT MEETING

BOOK III HER BURDEN

I HILDA INDISPENSABLE II SARAH'S BENEFACTOR III AT BRIGHTON IV THE SEA

BOOK IV HER FALL

I THE GOING CONCERN II THE UNKNOWN ADVENTURE III FLORRIE AGAIN

BOOK V HER DELIVERANCE

I LOUISA UNCONTROLLED II SOME SECRET HISTORY

BOOK VI HER PUNISHMENT

I EVENING AT BLEAKRIDGE II A RENDEZVOUS III AT THE WORKS IV THE CALL FROM BRIGHTON V THURSDAY AFTERNOON VI MISCHANCE

BOOK I HER START IN LIFE

CHAPTER I AN EVENT IN MR... Continue reading book >>


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