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The Card

The Card by Arnold Bennett
By: (1867-1931)

The ‘Card’ in question is Edward Henry Machin – his mother called him ‘Denry.’
This light-hearted story is of his rise from humble beginnings as the son of a washerwoman and sempstress in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, in the pottery towns (which Arnold Bennett christened ‘The Five Towns’) of the English Midlands; how, by his own wits, enterprise and ‘nerve’ he rose to wealth, married bliss and public recognition as the youngest-ever mayor of his home town.

“’And yet,’ demanded Councillor Barlow, ‘what’s he done? What great cause is he identified with?’
‘He’s identified,’ said the speaker, ‘with the great cause of cheering us all up’.”

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WORKS BY ARNOLD BENNETT

NOVELS

A MAN FROM THE NORTH ANNA OF THE FIVE TOWNS LEONORA A GREAT MAN SACRED AND PROFANE LOVE WHOM GOD HATH JOINED BURIED ALIVE THE OLD WIVES' TALE THE GLIMPSE LILIAN MR. PROHACK LORD RAINGO IMPERIAL PALACE HELEN WITH THE HIGH HAND THE PRICE OF LOVE CLAYHANGER HILDA LESSWAYS THESE TWAIN THE ROLL CALL THE CARD THE REGENT THE LION'S SHARE THE PRETTY LADY RICEYMAN STEPS THE STRANGE VANGUARD ACCIDENT

FANTASIAS

THE GRAND BABYLON HOTEL THE GATES OF WRATH TERESA OF WATLING STREET THE LOOT OF CITIES HUGO THE GHOST THE CITY OF PLEASURE

SHORT STORIES

THE NIGHT VISITOR TALES OF THE FIVE TOWNS THE MATADOR OF THE FIVE TOWNS THE GRIM SMILE OF THE FIVE TOWNS ELSIE AND THE CHILD THE WOMAN WHO STOLE EVERYTHING

BELLES LETTRES

JOURNALISM FOR WOMEN FAME AND FICTION HOW TO BECOME AN AUTHOR THE TRUTH ABOUT AN AUTHOR MENTAL EFFICIENCY HOW TO LIVE ON TWENTY FOUR HOURS A DAY THE HUMAN MACHINE LITERARY TASTE THE FEAST OF ST. FRIEND HOW TO MAKE THE BEST OF LIFE THE RELIGIOUS INTERREGNUM MARRIED LIFE THE AUTHOR'S CRAFT LIBERTY OVER THERE BOOKS AND PERSONS SELF AND SELF MANAGEMENT THINGS THAT HAVE INTERESTED ME THINGS THAT HAVE INTERESTED ME (Second Series) THINGS THAT HAVE INTERESTED ME (Third Series) THE SAVIOUR OF LIFE

DRAMA

POLITE FARCES CUPID AND COMMON SENSE WHAT THE PUBLIC WANTS THE HONEYMOON THE LOVE MATCH DON JUAN THE GREAT ADVENTURE THE TITLE JUDITH SACRED AND PROFANE LOVE BODY AND SOUL THE BRIGHT ISLAND MR... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - December 5, 2015
Subject: The Card
Clever, entertaining and very well (appropriately) narrated by Andy Minter.
Reviewer: - August 12, 2014
Good story and narrator.


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