The way we live now
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The way we live now
By Anthony Trollope
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Widely acknowledged to be the masterpiece of Trollope's prolific Victorian career, "The Way We Live Now" is the scathing satire he wrote upon returning to England after traveling abroad. In seeking to discuss the deceit and dissipation he found, Trollope spared no iniquitous aspect he perceived in business, politics, social classes, literature, and various vice-related activities. The result of his efforts is an impressive array of characters, such as the old coquette Lady Carbury, her dissolute son Sir Felix, a spoiled and treacherously lovely heiress Marie, and her colossal figure of a father Augustus Melmotte, the great financier whose deceptive plots dupe countless wealthy individuals. Through the swindling, bribery, feuding, and shameless self-promotion of these characters, Trollope writes a sweeping panorama of vice for the sake of monetary greed that will cause readers to reflect on the morality of our own time.

Table of Contents
  • THE WAY WE LIVE NOW
  • by
  • ANTHONY TROLLOPE
    • CONTENTS
    • ILLUSTRATIONS
    • CHAPTER I.
      • THREE EDITORS.
    • CHAPTER II.
      • THE CARBURY FAMILY.
    • CHAPTER III.
      • THE BEARGARDEN.
    • CHAPTER IV.
      • MADAME MELMOTTE'S BALL.
    • CHAPTER V.
      • AFTER THE BALL.
    • CHAPTER VI.
      • ROGER CARBURY AND PAUL MONTAGUE.
    • CHAPTER VII.
      • MENTOR.
    • CHAPTER VIII.
      • LOVE-SICK.
    • CHAPTER IX.
      • THE GREAT RAILWAY TO VERA CRUZ.
    • CHAPTER X.
      • MR. FISKER'S SUCCESS.
    • CHAPTER XI.
      • LADY CARBURY AT HOME.
    • CHAPTER XII.
      • SIR FELIX IN HIS MOTHER'S HOUSE.
    • CHAPTER XIII.
      • THE LONGESTAFFES.
    • CHAPTER XIV.
      • CARBURY MANOR.
    • CHAPTER XV.
      • "YOU SHOULD REMEMBER THAT I AM HIS MOTHER."
    • CHAPTER XVI.
      • THE BISHOP AND THE PRIEST.
    • CHAPTER XVII.
      • MARIE MELMOTTE HEARS A LOVE TALE.
    • CHAPTER XVIII.
      • RUBY RUGGLES HEARS A LOVE TALE.
    • CHAPTER XIX.
      • HETTA CARBURY HEARS A LOVE TALE.
    • CHAPTER XX.
      • LADY POMONA'S DINNER PARTY.
    • CHAPTER XXI.
      • EVERYBODY GOES TO THEM.
    • CHAPTER XXII.
      • LORD NIDDERDALE'S MORALITY.
    • CHAPTER XXIII.
      • "YES;—I'M A BARONET."
    • CHAPTER XXIV.
      • MILES GRENDALL'S TRIUMPH.
    • CHAPTER XXV.
      • IN GROSVENOR SQUARE.
    • CHAPTER XXVI.
      • MRS. HURTLE.
    • CHAPTER XXVII.
      • MRS. HURTLE GOES TO THE PLAY.
    • CHAPTER XXVIII.
      • DOLLY LONGESTAFFE GOES INTO THE CITY.
    • CHAPTER XXIX.
      • MISS MELMOTTE'S COURAGE.
    • CHAPTER XXX.
      • MR. MELMOTTE'S PROMISE.
    • CHAPTER XXXI.
      • MR. BROUNE HAS MADE UP HIS MIND.
    • CHAPTER XXXII.
      • LADY MONOGRAM.
    • CHAPTER XXXIII.
      • JOHN CRUMB.
    • CHAPTER XXXIV.
      • RUBY RUGGLES OBEYS HER GRANDFATHER.
    • CHAPTER XXXV.
      • MELMOTTE'S GLORY.
    • CHAPTER XXXVI.
      • MR. BROUNE'S PERILS.
    • CHAPTER XXXVII.
      • THE BOARD-ROOM.
    • CHAPTER XXXVIII.
      • PAUL MONTAGUE'S TROUBLES.
    • CHAPTER XXXIX.
      • "I DO LOVE HIM."
    • CHAPTER XL.
      • "UNANIMITY IS THE VERY SOUL OF THESE THINGS."
    • CHAPTER XLI.
      • ALL PREPARED.
    • CHAPTER XLII.
      • "CAN YOU BE READY IN TEN MINUTES?"
    • CHAPTER XLIII.
      • THE CITY ROAD.
    • CHAPTER XLIV.
      • THE COMING ELECTION.
    • CHAPTER XLV.
      • MR. MELMOTTE IS PRESSED FOR TIME.
    • CHAPTER XLVI.
      • ROGER CARBURY AND HIS TWO FRIENDS.
    • CHAPTER XLVII.
      • MRS. HURTLE AT LOWESTOFT.
    • CHAPTER XLVIII.
      • RUBY A PRISONER.
    • CHAPTER XLIX.
      • SIR FELIX MAKES HIMSELF READY.
    • CHAPTER L.
      • THE JOURNEY TO LIVERPOOL.
    • CHAPTER LI.
      • WHICH SHALL IT BE?
    • CHAPTER LII.
      • THE RESULTS OF LOVE AND WINE.
    • CHAPTER LIII.
      • A DAY IN THE CITY.
    • CHAPTER LIV.
      • THE INDIA OFFICE.
    • CHAPTER LV.
      • CLERICAL CHARITIES.
    • CHAPTER LVI.
      • FATHER BARHAM VISITS LONDON.
    • CHAPTER LVII.
      • LORD NIDDERDALE TRIES HIS HAND AGAIN.
    • CHAPTER LVIII.
      • MR. SQUERCUM IS EMPLOYED.
    • CHAPTER LIX.
      • THE DINNER.
    • CHAPTER LX.
      • MISS LONGESTAFFE'S LOVER.
    • CHAPTER LXI.
      • LADY MONOGRAM PREPARES FOR THE PARTY.
    • CHAPTER LXII.
      • THE PARTY.
    • CHAPTER LXIII.
      • MR. MELMOTTE ON THE DAY OF THE ELECTION.
    • CHAPTER LXIV.
      • THE ELECTION.
    • CHAPTER LXV.
      • MISS LONGESTAFFE WRITES HOME.
    • CHAPTER LXVI.
      • "SO SHALL BE MY ENMITY."
    • CHAPTER LXVII.
      • SIR FELIX PROTECTS HIS SISTER.
    • CHAPTER LXVIII.
      • MISS MELMOTTE DECLARES HER PURPOSE.
    • CHAPTER LXIX.
      • MELMOTTE IN PARLIAMENT.
    • CHAPTER LXX.
      • SIR FELIX MEDDLES WITH MANY MATTERS.
    • CHAPTER LXXI.
      • JOHN CRUMB FALLS INTO TROUBLE.
    • CHAPTER LXXII.
      • "ASK HIMSELF."
    • CHAPTER LXXIII.
      • MARIE'S FORTUNE.
    • CHAPTER LXXIV.
      • MELMOTTE MAKES A FRIEND.
    • CHAPTER LXXV.
      • IN BRUTON STREET.
    • CHAPTER LXXVI.
      • HETTA AND HER LOVER.
    • CHAPTER LXXVII.
      • ANOTHER SCENE IN BRUTON STREET.
    • CHAPTER LXXVIII.
      • MISS LONGESTAFFE AGAIN AT CAVERSHAM.
    • CHAPTER LXXIX.
      • THE BREHGERT CORRESPONDENCE.
    • CHAPTER LXXX.
      • RUBY PREPARES FOR SERVICE.
    • CHAPTER LXXXI.
      • MR. COHENLUPE LEAVES LONDON.
    • CHAPTER LXXXII.
      • MARIE'S PERSEVERANCE.
    • CHAPTER LXXXIII.
      • MELMOTTE AGAIN AT THE HOUSE.
    • CHAPTER LXXXIV.
      • PAUL MONTAGUE'S VINDICATION.
    • CHAPTER LXXXV.
      • BREAKFAST IN BERKELEY SQUARE.
    • CHAPTER LXXXVI.
      • THE MEETING IN BRUTON STREET.
    • CHAPTER LXXXVII.
      • DOWN AT CARBURY.
    • CHAPTER LXXXVIII.
      • THE INQUEST.
    • CHAPTER LXXXIX.
      • "THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE."
    • CHAPTER XC.
      • HETTA'S SORROW.
    • CHAPTER XCI.
      • THE RIVALS.
    • CHAPTER XCII.
      • HAMILTON K. FISKER AGAIN.
    • CHAPTER XCIII.
      • A TRUE LOVER.
    • CHAPTER XCIV.
      • JOHN CRUMB'S VICTORY.
    • CHAPTER XCV.
      • THE LONGESTAFFE MARRIAGES.
    • CHAPTER XCVI.
      • WHERE "THE WILD ASSES QUENCH THEIR THIRST."
    • CHAPTER XCVII.
      • MRS. HURTLE'S FATE.
    • CHAPTER XCVIII.
      • MARIE MELMOTTE'S FATE.
    • CHAPTER XCIX.
      • LADY CARBURY AND MR. BROUNE.
    • CHAPTER C.
      • DOWN IN SUFFOLK.
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