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Vixen

Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1835-1915)

1. 01 - Volume 1, Chapter 1: A Pretty Horsebreaker
2. 02 - Volume 1, Chapter 2: Lady Jane Vawdrey
3. 03 - Volume 1, Chapter 3: I Want a Serious Talk With You
4. 04 - Volume 1, Chapter 4: Rorie Comes of Age
5. 05 - Volume 1, Chapter 5: Rorie Makes a Speech
6. 06 - Volume 1, Chapter 6: How She Took the News
7. 07 - Volume 1, Chapter 7: Rorie Has Plans of His Own
8. 08 - Volume 1, Chapter 8: Glas ist der Erde Stolz und Glück
9. 09 - Volume 1, Chapter 9: A House of Mourning
10. 10 - Volume 1, Chapter 10: Captain Winstanley
11. 11 - Volume 1, Chapter 11: It Shall Be Measure for Measure
12. 12 - Volume 1, Chapter 12: I have no Wrong, where I can claim no Right
13. 13 - Volume 1, Chapter 13: He belongs to the Tame-Cat Species
14. 14 - Volume 1, Chapter 14: He was worthy to be loved a Lifetime
15. 15 - Volume 1, Chapter 15: Lady Southminster's Ball
16. 16 - Volume 1, Chapter 16: Rorie Asks a Question
17. 17 - Volume 1, Chapter 17: Where the Red King was slain
18. 18 - Volume 2, Chapter 1: Shall I tell you the Secret?
19. 19 - Volume 2, Chapter 2: Wedding Garments
20. 20 - Volume 2, Chapter 3: I shall look like the wicked Fairy
21. 21 - Volume 2, Chapter 4: The Vow is Vowed
22. 22 - Volume 2, Chapter 5: War to the Knife
23. 23 - Volume 2, Chapter 6: At the Kennels
24. 24 - Volume 2, Chapter 7: A Bad Begining
25. 25 - Volume 2, Chapter 8: On Half Rations
26. 26 - Volume 2, Chapter 9: The Owner of Bullfinch
27. 27 - Volume 2, Chapter 10: Something Like A Ride
28. 28 - Volume 2, Chapter 11: Rorie Objects to Duets
29. 29 - Volume 2, Chapter 12: Faided in Music
30. 30 - Volume 2, Chapter 13: Crying For the Moon
31. 31 - Volume 2, Chapter 14: Kurz ist der Schmerz und ewig ist die Freude
32. 32 - Volume 2, Chapter 15: A Midsummer Night's Dream
33. 33 - Volume 2, Chapter 16: That Must End at Once
34. 34 - Volume 3, Chapter 1: Going into Exile
35. 35 - Volume 3, Chapter 1, Part 2
36. 36 - Volume 3, Chapter 2: Chiefly Financial
37. 37 - Volume 3, Chapter 3: With Weary Days Thou Shalt be Clothed and Fed
38. 38 - Volume 3, Chapter 4: Love and Aesthetics
39. 39 - Volume 3, Chapter 5: Crumpled Rose-Leaves
40. 40 - Volume 3, Chapter 6: A Fool's Paradise
41. 41 - Volume 3, Chapter 7: It Might Have Been
42. 42 - Volume 3, Chapter 8: Wedding Bells
43. 43 - Volume 3, Chapter 9: The Rest Way to Norway
44. 44 - Volume 3, Chapter 9, Part 2
45. 45 - Volume 3, Chapter 10: All the Rivers Run Into the Sea
46. 46 - Volume 3, Chapter 11: The Bluebeard Chamber
47. 47 - Volume 3, Chapter 12: Epilogue

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Summary

This is an exquisite and heartbreaking love story. Violet Tempest and Roderick Vawdrey, otherwise known to each other as Vixen and Rorie, are childhood sweethearts. However, Rorie's family wants him to marry elsewhere. You may think it is the old story all over again, but nothing in this novel is what it seems. It is far too realistic for that. Many books talk about falling in love. This book starts after that stage, and speaks about the harder stage of a relationship: loving earnestly but understanding that love - even in the truest and purest sense - is not everything in life. There are duties to fulfil, and they might have nothing to do with love. Family life plays a large role in this novel, and it is not always warm and good. Many of the characters are strong and complicated. The novel has some feminist ideas, but they have boundaries, and are presented side by side with the conventional ideas of the times. But the signs of change are there... loud and clear.

Reviews

Susan

- Romance

Very long and with few good readers but the story was worth staying with it