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Pretty Lady

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By: (1867-1931)

‘The Pretty Lady’ is considered to be one of Bennett's most revealing and under-rated works. It is the story of a French prostitute, Christine, who has escaped from wartime Ostend, and set herself up in business in London. Though a refugee, she demands no pity; she is self-sufficient, practical and realistic. Christine is not a harpy preying on innocent soldiers, but a canny businesswoman, doing the best she can with the opportunities life has given her. Her main relationship is with G.J. Hoape, a wealthy man above the military age. Bennett in this novel presents a disturbing image of wartime society, fragmented, uneasy and divided. There are references to industrial unrest and to social injustices, and hints that the British press is less than frank about the war.

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THE PRETTY LADY

A Novel

by

ARNOLD BENNETT

1918

" Virtue has never yet been adequately represented by any who have had any claim to be considered virtuous. It is the sub vicious who best understand virtue. Let the virtuous people stick to describing vice which they can do well enough ."

SAMUEL BUTLER

CONTENTS

Chapter

1. THE PROMENADE

2. THE POWER

3. THE FLAT

4. CONFIDENCE

5. OSTEND

6. THE ALBANY

7. FOR THE EMPIRE

8. BOOTS

9. THE CLUB

10. THE MISSION

11. THE TELEGRAM

12. RENDEZVOUS

13. IN COMMITTEE

14. QUEEN

15. EVENING OUT

16. THE VIRGIN

17. SUNDAY AFTERNOON

18. THE MYSTIC

19. THE VISIT

20. MASCOT

21. THE LEAVE TRAIN

22. GETTING ON WITH THE WAR

23. THE CALL

24. THE SOLDIER

25. THE RING

26. THE RETURN

27. THE CLYDE

28. SALOME

29. THE STREETS

30. THE CHILD'S ARM

31. "ROMANCE"

32. MRS. BRAIDING

33. THE ROOF

34. IN THE BOUDOIR

35. QUEEN DEAD

36. COLLAPSE

37. THE INVISIBLE POWERS

38. THE VICTORY

39. IDYLL

40. THE WINDOW

41. THE ENVOY

Chapter I

THE PROMENADE

The piece was a West End success so brilliant that even if you belonged to the intellectual despisers of the British theatre you could not hold up your head in the world unless you had seen it; even for such as you it was undeniably a success of curiosity at least... Continue reading book >>


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