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The Odd Women

George Gissing (1857-1903)

1. 01 - The Fold and the Shepherd
2. 02 - Adrift
3. 03 - An Independent Woman
4. 04 - Monica's Majority
5. 05 - The Casual Acquaintance
6. 06 - A Camp of the Reserve
7. 07 - A Social Advance
8. 08 - Cousin Everard
9. 09 - The Simple Faith
10. 10 - First Principles
11. 11 - At Nature's Bidding
12. 12 - Weddings
13. 13 - Discord of Leaders
14. 14 - Motives Meeting
15. 15 - The Joys of Home
16. 16 - Health From the Sea
17. 17 - The Triumph
18. 18 - A Reinforcement
19. 19 - The Clank of the Chains
20. 20 - The First Lie
21. 21 - Towards the Decisive
22. 22 - Honour in Difficulties
23. 23 - In Ambush
24. 24 - Tracked
25. 25 - The Fate of the Ideal
26. 26 - The Unideal Tested
27. 27 - The Reascent
28. 28 - The Burden of Futile Souls
29. 29 - Confession and Counsel
30. 30 - Retreat With Honor
31. 31 - A New Beginning

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Summary

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.