Phantom Fortune, A Novel cover

Phantom Fortune, A Novel

Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1835-1915)

1. Penelope
2. Ulysses
3. On the Wrong Road
4. The Last Stage
5. Forty Years After
6. Maulevrier's Humble Friend
7. In the Summer Morning
8. There is Always a Skeleton
9. A Cry in the Darkness
10. 'O Bitterness of Things Too Sweet'
11. 'If I Were to Do as Iseult Did'
12. 'The Greater Cantle of the World is Lost'
13. 'Since Painted or Not Painted All Things Shall Fade'
14. 'Not Yet'
15. 'Of All Men Else I Have Avoided Thee'
16. 'Her Face Resigned to Bliss or Bale'
17. 'And the Spring Comes Slowly Up this Way'
18. 'And Come Agen, Be it Night or Day'
19. The Old Man on the Fell
20. Lady Maulevrier's Letter-Bag
21. On the Dark Brow of Helvellyn
22. Wiser than Lesbia
23. 'A Young Lamb's Heart Among the Full-Grown Flocks'
24. 'Now Nothing Left to Love or Hate'
25. Carte Blanche
26. 'Proud Can I Never Be of What I Hate'
27. Lesbia Crosses Piccadilly
28. 'Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, in Wild Disorder Seen'
29. 'Swift, Subtle Post, Carrier of Grisly Care'
30. 'Roses Choked Among the Thorns and Thistles'
31. 'Kind is My Love To-day, To-morrow Kind'
32. Ways and Means
33. By Special Licence
34. 'Our Love was New, and Then But in the Spring'
35. 'All Fancy Pride, and Fickle Maidenhood'
36. A Rastaquouère
37. Lord Hatfield Refuses a Fortune
38. On Board the 'Cayman'
39. In Storm and Darkness
40. A Note of Alarm
41. Privileged Information
42. 'Shall It Be?'
43. 'Alas, for Sorrow is All the End of This'
44. 'Oh, Sad Kissed Mouth, How Sorrowful it Is!'
45. 'That Fell Arrest Without All Bail'
46. The Day of Reckoning

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Lady Maulevrier was once a beautiful socialite, beloved and welcomed in London high society. But her life took a turn for the worse when her husband, whom she married only for his fortune, committed a terrible crime in India. Forty years later, she is taking care of her two granddaughters, Mary and Lesbia. She prefers Lesbia, because of her beauty. Therefore, the relationship between the sisters is tolerable at best. Mary marries the man of her dreams while Lesbia enters London society under the wing of her grandmother's faithful friend. Would she take all the advantages offered to her and find a match which would make her grandmother happy? Would Mary finally be happy? And what has Lord Maulevrier done in India which makes his wife continue to bury herself in shame?