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The Newcomes Memoirs of a Most Respectable Family   By: (1811-1863)

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Edited by Arthur Pendennis, Esq.

By William Makepeace Thackeray


CHAPTER I The Overture After which the Curtain rises upon a Drinking Chorus II Colonel Newcome's Wild Oats III Colonel Newcome's Letter box IV In which the Author and the Hero resume their Acquaintance V Clive's Uncles VI Newcome Brothers VII In which Mr. Clive's School days are over VIII Mrs. Newcome at Home (a Small Early Party) IX Miss Honeyman's X Ethel and her Relations XI At Mrs. Ridley's XII In which Everybody is asked to Dinner XIII In which Thomas Newcome sings his last Song XIV Park Lane XV The Old Ladies XVI In which Mr. Sherrick lets his House in Fitzroy Square XVII A School of Art XVIII New Companions XIX The colonel at Home XX Contains more Particulars of the Colonel and his Brethren XXI Is Sentimental, but Short XXII Describes a Visit to Paris; with Accidents and Incidents in London XXIII In which we hear a Soprano and a Contralto XXIV In which the Newcome Brothers once more meet together in Unity XXV Is passed in a Public house XXVI In which Colonel Newcome's Horses are sold XXVII Youth and Sunshine XXVIII In which Clive begins to see the World XXIX In which Barnes comes a Wooing XXX A Retreat XXXI Madame la Duchesse XXXII Barnes's Courtship XXXIII Lady Kew at the Congress XXXIV The End of the Congress of Baden XXXV Across the Alps XXXVI In which M. de Florac is promoted XXXVII Returns to Lord Kew XXXVIII In which Lady Kew leaves his Lordship quite Convalescent XXXIX Amongst the Painters XL Returns from Rome to Pall Mall XLI An Old Story XLII Injured Innocence XLIII Returns to some Old Friends XLIV In which Mr. Charles Honeyman appears in an amiable light XLV A Stag of Ten XLVI The Hotel de Florac XLVII Contains two or three Acts of a little Comedy XLVIII In which Benedick is a Married Man XLIX Contains at least Six more Courses and Two Desserts L Clive in New Quarters LI An Old Friend LII Family Secrets LIII In which Kinsmen fall out LIV Has a Tragical Ending LV Barnes's Skeleton Closet LVI Rosa quo locorum sera moratur LVII Rosebury and Newcome LVIII "One more Unfortunate" LIX In which Achilles loses Briseis LX In which we write to the Colonel LXI In which we are introduced to a new Newcome LXII Mr. and Mrs. Clive Newcome LXIII Mrs. Clive at Home LXIV Absit Omen LXV In which Mrs. Clive comes into her Fortune LXVI In which the Colonel and the Newcome Athenaeum are both Lectured LXVII Newcome and Liberty LXVIII A Letter and a Reconciliation LXIX The Election LXX Chiltern Hundreds LXXI In which Mrs. Clive Newcome's Carriage is ordered LXXII Belisarius LXXIII In which Belisarius returns from Exile LXXIV In which Clive begins the World LXXV Founder's Day at Grey Friars LXXVI Christmas at Rosebury LXXVII The Shortest and Happiest in the whole History LXXVIII In which the Author goes on a Pleasant Errand LXII In which Old Friends come together LXXX In which the Colonel says "Adsum" when his Name is called


CHAPTER I. The Overture After which the Curtain rises upon a Drinking Chorus

A 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. The frog's hideous large eyes were goggling out of his head in a manner which appeared quite ridiculous to the old blackamoor, who watched the splay footed slimy wretch with that peculiar grim humour belonging to crows. Not far from the frog a fat ox was browsing; whilst a few lambs frisked about the meadow, or nibbled the grass and buttercups there... Continue reading book >>

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