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The Odd Women

The Odd Women by George Gissing
By: (1857-1903)

George Gissing's 1893 novel takes on the 19th century "Woman Question" by looking at themes of feminism, marriage, and love. The novel raises these issues through the lives of several contrasting women: Mary Barfoot, a feminist philanthropist who helps train women for careers; her close friend Rhoda Nunn, who believes marriage is a disastrous choice for women; and Monica Madden, who starts out as one of their protegees but chooses to marry a seemingly kind older man. As Monica experiences the challenges of married life, Rhoda finds herself drawn to Mary's cousin, the charming but apparently profligate Everard.

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The Odd Women

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George Gissing

CONTENTS

I THE FOLD AND THE SHEPHERD II ADRIFT III AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN IV MONICA'S MAJORITY V THE CASUAL ACQUAINTANCE VI A CAMP OF THE RESERVE VII A SOCIAL ADVANCE VIII COUSIN EVERARD IX THE SIMPLE FAITH X FIRST PRINCIPLES XI AT NATURE'S BIDDING XII WEDDINGS XIII DISCORD OF LEADERS XIV MOTIVES MEETING XV THE JOYS OF HOME XVI HEALTH FROM THE SEA XVII THE TRIUMPH XVIII A REINFORCEMENT XIX THE CLANK OF THE CHAINS XX THE FIRST LIE XXI TOWARDS THE DECISIVE XXII HONOUR IN DIFFICULTIES XXIII IN AMBUSH XXIV TRACKED XXV THE FATE OF THE IDEAL XXVI THE UNIDEAL TESTED XXVII THE REASCENT XXVIII THE BURDEN OF FUTILE SOULS XXIX CONFESSION AND COUNSEL XXX RETREAT WITH HONOUR XXXI A NEW BEGINNING

CHAPTER I

THE FOLD AND THE SHEPHERD

'So to morrow, Alice,' said Dr. Madden, as he walked with his eldest daughter on the coast downs by Clevedon, 'I shall take steps for insuring my life for a thousand pounds... Continue reading book >>


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