The Nether World
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The Nether World

By George Gissing
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Novel about London slum life in the 1870s and 1880s. Raw, Unsentimental, offering little comfort, viewing the working classes as condemned to a life in hell via industrialization, a life from which there is no hope of escape. It is one man's mordant vision--shaped by bitter personal experience of poverty--of the quality of life endured by a variety of characters in the nether world. With Zolaesque intensity and relentlessness, Gissing lays bare the economic forces which determine the aspirations and expectations of those born to a life of labour. This is a tale of intrigue, as rapacious schemers try to wrest a fortune out of a mysterious old man who has returned to their midst, and of thwarted love.

Table of Contents
  • The Nether World
  • by
  • George Gissing
  • CONTENTS
    • CHAPTER I
    • A THRALL OF THRALLS
    • CHAPTER II
    • A FRIEND IN REQUEST
    • CHAPTER III
    • A SUPERFLUOUS FAMILY
    • CHAPTER IV
    • CLARA AND JANE
    • CHAPTER V
    • JANE IS VISITED
    • CHAPTER VI
    • GLIMPSES OF THE PAST
    • CHAPTER VII
    • MRS. BYASS'S LODGINGS
    • CHAPTER VIII
    • PENNYLOAF CANDY
    • CHAPTER IX
    • PATHOLOGICAL
    • CHAPTER X
    • THE LAST COMBAT
    • CHAPTER XI
    • A DISAPPOINTMENT
    • CHAPTER XII
    • 'IO SATURNALIA!'
    • CHAPTER XIII
    • THE BRINGER OF ILL NEWS
    • CHAPTER XIV
    • A WELCOME GUEST
    • CHAPTER XV
    • SUNLIGHT IN DREARY PLACES
    • CHAPTER XVI
    • DIALOGUE AND COMMENT
    • CHAPTER XVII
    • CLEM MAKES A DISCLOSURE
    • CHAPTER XVIII
    • THE JOKE IS COMPLETED
    • CHAPTER XIX
    • A RETREAT
    • CHAPTER XX
    • A VISION OF NOBLE THINGS
    • CHAPTER XXI
    • DEATH THE RECONCILER
    • CHAPTER XXII
    • WATCHING FROM AMBUSH
    • CHAPTER XXIII
    • ON THE EVE OF TRIUMPH
    • CHAPTER XXIV
    • THE FAMILY HISTORY PROGRESSES
    • CHAPTER XXV
    • A DOUBLE CONSECRATION
    • CHAPTER XXVI
    • SIDNEY'S STRUGGLE
    • CHAPTER XXVII
    • CLARA'S RETURN
    • CHAPTER XXVIII
    • THE SOUP-KITCHEN
    • CHAPTER XXIX
    • PHANTOMS
    • CHAPTER XXX
    • ON A BARREN SHORE
    • CHAPTER XXXI
    • WOMAN AND ACTRESS
    • CHAPTER XXXII
    • A HAVEN
    • CHAPTER XXXIII
    • A FALL FROM THE IDEAL
    • CHAPTER XXXIV
    • THE DEBT REPAID
    • CHAPTER XXXV
    • THE TREASURY UNLOCKED
    • CHAPTER XXXVI
    • THE HEIR
    • CHAPTER XXXVII
    • MAD JACK'S DREAM
    • CHAPTER XXXVIII
    • JOSEPH TRANSACTS MUCH BUSINESS
    • CHAPTER XXXIX
    • SIDNEY
    • CHAPTER XL
    • JANE
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