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Passionate Friends

H. G. Wells (1866-1946)

1. Mr. Stratton to His Son
2. Boyhood (parts 1-3)
3. Boyhood (parts 4-7)
4. Intentions and the Lady Mary Christian (parts 1-6)
5. Intentions and the Lady Mary Christian (parts 7-11)
6. The Marriage of the Lady Mary Christian (parts 1-4)
7. The Marriage of the Lady Mary Christian (parts 5-9)
8. The War in South Africa (parts 1-3)
9. The War in South Africa (parts 4-6)
10. Lady Mary Justin (parts 1-5)
11. Lady Mary Justin (parts 6-10)
12. Lady Mary Justin (parts 11-14)
13. Beginning Again (parts 1-4)
14. Beginning Again (parts 5-9)
15. This Swarming Business of Mankind (parts 1-2)
16. This Swarming Business of Mankind (parts 3-6)
17. The Spirit of the New World (parts 1-7)
18. The Spirit of the New World (parts 8-12)
19. Mary Writes (parts 1-3)
20. Mary Writes (part 4)
21. Mary Writes (parts 5-7)
22. The Last Meeting (parts 1-6)
23. The Last Meeting (parts 7-12)
24. The Arraignment of Jealousy

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Summary

H. G. Wells is best known for his science fiction, but some of his greatest works were in other genres. The Passionate Friends is a love story. It also is a story about dreams, despair, jealousy, sex, the struggle against social convention, the future of civilization, and much much more. It is written by a father to his son, "not indeed to the child you are now, but to the man you are going to be." He writes it so that one day, perhaps when he is dead, his grown son can read it and rediscover him as a friend and equal. In the process, he tries to make sense of a lifetime's experiences and distill some kind of wisdom from them. It is quite simply a beautiful book, both inspiring and heartbreaking.