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The Old Wives' Tale

Arnold Bennett (1867-1931)

1. 00 Preface
2. 01 Bk.1 Ch.1 The Square
3. 02 Bk.1 Ch.2 The Tooth
4. 03a Bk.1 Ch.3 A Battle, Pt.1
5. 03b Bk.1 Ch.3 A Battle, Pt.2
6. 04 Bk.1 Ch.4 Elephant
7. 05 Bk.1 Ch.1 The Traveller
8. 06 Bk.1 Ch.6 Escapade
9. 07 Bk.1 Ch.7 A Defeat
10. 08 Bk.2 Ch.1 Revolution
11. 09 Bk.2 Ch.2 Christmas and the Future
12. 10 Bk.2 Ch.3 Cyril
13. 11 Bk.2 Ch.4 Crime
14. 12a Bk.2 Ch.5 Another Crime, Pt.1
15. 12b Bk.2 Ch.5 Another Crime, Pt.2
16. 13 Bk.2 Ch.6 The Widow
17. 14 Bk.2 Ch.7 Bricks and Mortar
18. 15 Bk.2 Ch.8 The Proudest Mother
19. 16 Bk.3 Ch.1 The Elopement
20. 17 Bk.3 Ch.2 Supper
21. 18 Bk.3 Ch.3 An Ambition Satisfied
22. 19 Bk.3 Ch.4 A Crisis for Gerald
23. 20a Bk.3 Ch.5 Fever, Pt.1
24. 20b Bk.3 Ch.5 Fever, Pt.2
25. 21 Bk.3 Ch.6 The Siege
26. 22 Bk.3 Ch.7 Success
27. 23a Bk.4 Ch.1 Frensham’s, Pt.1
28. 23b Bk.4 Ch.1 Frensham’s, Pt.2
29. 24 Bk.4 Ch.2 The Meeting
30. 25a Bk.4 Ch.3 Towards Hotel Life, Pt.1
31. 25b Bk.4 Ch.3 Towards Hotel Life, Pt.2
32. 26a Bk.4 Ch.4 End of Sophia, Pt.1
33. 26b Bk.4 Ch.4 End of Sophia, Pt.2
34. 27 Bk.4 Ch.5 End Of Constance

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The Old Wives’ Tale is a novel by Arnold Bennett, first published in 1908. It deals with the lives of two very different sisters, Constance and Sophia Baines, following their stories from their youth, working in their mother’s draper’s shop, into old age. It is generally regarded as one of Bennett’s finest works. It covers a period of about 70 years from roughly 1840 to 1905, and is set in Burslem and Paris.


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- The Old Wives' Tale

Totally enjoyable. Excellent reading.