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The String of Pearls

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1. 01 – The Strange Customer at Sweeney Todd’s
2. 02 -The Spectacle Maker’s Daughter
3. 03 -The Dog and the Hat
4. 04 – The Pie-shop in Bell Yard
5. 05 – The Meeting in the Temple
6. 06 – The Conference, And The Fearful Narration In The Garden
7. 07 – The Barber and the Lapidary
8. 08 – The Thieves’ Home
9. 09 – Johanna At Home, And The Resolution
10. 10 – The Colonel and His Friend
11. 11 – The Stranger at Lovett’s
12. 12 The Resolution Come to By Johanna Oakley
13. 13 – Johanna’s Interview with Arabella Wilmot, and the Advice
14. 14 – Tobias’s Threat, and its Consequences
15. 15 – The Second Interview between Johanna and the Colonel in the Temple Gardens
16. 16 – The Barber Makes Another Attempt to Sell the String of Pearls
17. 17 – The Great Change in the Prospects of Sweeney Todd
18. 18 – Tobias Adventures During the Absent of Sweeney Todd
19. 19 – The Strange Odour in Old St. Dunstans Church
20. 20 – Sweeney Todd’s Proceedings Consequent Upon the Departure of Tobias
21. 21 – The Misadventure of Tobias. The Madhouse at Peckham Rye
22. 22 – The Mad-House Cell
23. 23 – The New Cook to Mrs. Lovett’s Gets Tired of his Situation
24. 24 – The Night at the Mad-House
25. 25 – Mr. Fogg’s Story at the Mad-House to Sweeney Todd
26. 26 – Colonel Jeffery Makes Another Effort to Come at Sweeney Todd’s Secret
27. 27 – Tobias Makes an Attempt to Escape from the Mad-House
28. 28 – The Mad-House Yard, and Tobias’s New Friend
29. 29 – The Consultation of Colonel Jeffery with the Magistrate
30. 30 – Tobias’s Escape from Mr. Fogg’s Establishment
31. 31 – The Rapid Journey Of Tobias To London
32. 32 – The Announcement in Sweeney Todd’s Window. Johanna Oakley’s Adventure.
33. 33 – The Discoveries in the Vaults of St. Dunstan’s
34. 34 – Johanna Alone. The Secret. Mr. Todd’s Suspicions. The Mysterious Letter
35. 35 – Sweeney Todd Commences Clearing the Road to Retirement
36. 36 – The Last Batch of the Delicious Pies
37. 37 – The Prisoner’s Plan of Escape from the Pies
38. 38 – Sweeney Todd Shaves a Good Customer. The Arrest
39. 39 – The Conclusion

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Summary

The tale of Sweeney Todd has had many incarnations, most famously the stage and movie musical by Stephen Sondheim. But it all started in 1846 with a serialized telling of the story titled “The String of Pearls” in the weekly magazine “The People’s Periodical and Family Library”. Called by some a romance, by others a horror story, it is one of the earliest murder mysteries. In “The String of Pearls”, Sweeney Todd is less sympathetic than in some of his later incarnations – a perfect villain, totally self-seeking with no redeeming qualities. How the deeds of Todd are uncovered and how he is brought to justice make a most intriguing tale, but one probably not suited for the very young and certainly not for the squeamish.

Reviews

Bernie

- The String of Pearls

You get into the story, start enjoying it and then you get a narrator that is so bad that you have to skip the chapter completely. Ufortunately this happens far too often to get any real pleasure out of the story.If it wasn't for the need to hear the end of the story I say do NOT listen to the last chapter, it is dreadful!