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Tysons

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Another frank May Sinclair exploration of fin de siècle English love and sex, marriage and adultery, "The Tysons" is the story of the caddish Nevill Tyson and his beautiful but frivolous young wife Molly. Sinclair uses a different narrative voice than we hear in much of her fiction, a sort of witty Jane Austen archness as she dissects the characters of the provincial village Drayton Parva. As always, she demonstrates an intriguing mixture of Victorian prudishness and modern free-thinking, particularly in her rendering of the sexual escapades of her characters. The step-by-step fragmentation of the Tyson marriage seems predestined from the start, but the novel reveals, as Sinclair's novels always do, a passion for profound understanding of the human comedy and why we do what we do. Even though the story is told from the perspectives of mostly masculine characters, Sinclair uses their voices to shine a stark light on the many ways in which women were victimized at the time by being the chattel of the men in their lives, in particular the denigration of the female intellect in favor of the merely decorative feminine beauty which existed only for the male ego.

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THE TYSONS

(Mr. and Mrs. Nevill Tyson)

by

MAY SINCLAIR

Author of THE DIVINE FIRE , THE HELPMATE , etc.

1906

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I. MR. NEVILL TYSON

II. MRS. NEVILL TYSON

III. MR. AND MRS. NEVILL TYSON AT HOME

IV. THE FIRST STONE

V. THE NIGHT WATCH

VI. A SON AND HEIR

VII. SIR PETER'S NEW CLOTHES

VIII. TOWARDS "THE CROSS ROADS"

IX. AN UNNATURAL MOTHER

X. CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE

XI. THE RETURN OF ODYSSEUS

XII. A FLAT IN TOWN

XIII. MRS. WILCOX TO THE RESCUE

XIV. THE "CRITERION"

XV. CONFLAGRATION

XVI. THE NEW LIFE

XVII. THE CAPTAIN OF HIS SOUL

XVIII. A MIRACLE

XIX. CONFESSIONAL

XX. A MAN AND A SPHINX

XXI. OUT OF THE NIGHT

XXII. IN THE DESERT

XXIII. IN MEMORIAM

CHAPTER I

MR. NEVILL TYSON

There were only two or three houses in Drayton Parva where Mr. and Mrs. Nevill Tyson were received. A thrill of guilty expectation used to go through the room when they were announced, and people watched them with a fearful interest, as if they were the actors in some enthralling but forbidden drama... Continue reading book >>


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