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The Virginians

By William Makepeace Thackeray
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In a late eighteenth century setting, between fashionable London and backward Virginia, two twin brothers from the nobility spend their formative period trying to flee a domineering dowager mother in different ways, the older a saturnine, melancholy character, the younger an easy going type. Both, in their own way, succeed; but both reach old age feeling themselves equally swindled. The usual Thackeray touch of good humoured aristocratic melancholy aimed at bourgeois philisteism.

Table of Contents
  • THE VIRGINIANS
    • A TALE OF THE LAST CENTURY
      • TO SIR HENRY MADISON, Chief Justice of Madras, this book is inscribed by an affectionate old friend. London, September 7, 1859.
  • THE VIRGINIANS
    • CHAPTER I. In which one of the Virginians visits home
    • CHAPTER II. In which Harry has to pay for his Supper
    • CHAPTER III. The Esmonds in Virginia
    • CHAPTER IV. In which Harry finds a New Relative
    • CHAPTER V. Family Jars
    • CHAPTER VI. The Virginians begin to see the World
    • CHAPTER VII. Preparations for War
    • CHAPTER VIII. In which George suffers from a Common Disease
    • CHAPTER IX. Hospitalities
    • CHAPTER X. A Hot Afternoon
    • CHAPTER XI. Wherein the two Georges prepare for Blood
    • CHAPTER XII. News from the Camp
    • CHAPTER XIII. Profitless Quest
    • CHAPTER XIV. Harry in England
    • CHAPTER XV. A Sunday at Castlewood
    • CHAPTER XVI. In which Gumbo shows Skill with the Old English Weapon
    • CHAPTER XVII. On the Scent
    • CHAPTER XVIII. An Old Story
    • CHAPTER XIX. Containing both Love and Luck
    • CHAPTER XX. Facilis Descensus
    • CHAPTER XXI. Samaritans
    • CHAPTER XXII. In Hospital
    • CHAPTER XXIII. Holidays
    • CHAPTER XXIV. From Oakhurst to Tunbridge
    • CHAPTER XXV. New Acquaintances
    • CHAPTER XXVI. In which we are at a very Great Distance from Oakhurst
    • CHAPTER XXVII. Plenus Opus Aleae
    • CHAPTER XXVIII. The Way of the World
    • CHAPTER XXIX. In which Harry continues to enjoy Otium sine Dignitate
    • CHAPTER XXX. Contains a Letter to Virginia
    • CHAPTER XXXI. The Bear and the Leader
    • CHAPTER XXXII. In which a Family Coach is ordered
    • CHAPTER XXXIII. Contains a Soliloquy by Hester
    • CHAPTER XXXIV. In which Mr. Warrington treats the Company with Tea and a Ball
    • CHAPTER XXXV. Entanglements
    • CHAPTER XXXVI. Which seems to mean Mischief
    • CHAPTER XXXVII. In which various Matches are fought
    • CHAPTER XXXVIII. Sampson and the Philistines
    • CHAPTER XXXIX. Harry to the Rescue
    • CHAPTER XL. In which Harry pays off an Old Debt, and incurs some New Ones
    • CHAPTER XLI. Rake’s Progress
    • CHAPTER XLII. Fortunatus Nimium
    • CHAPTER XLIII. In which Harry flies High
    • CHAPTER XLIV. Contains what might, perhaps, have been expected
    • CHAPTER XLV. In which Harry finds two Uncles
    • CHAPTER XLVI. Chains and Slavery
    • CHAPTER XLVII. Visitors in Trouble
    • CHAPTER XLVIII. An Apparition
    • CHAPTER XLIX. Friends in Need
    • CHAPTER L. Contains a Great deal of the Finest Morality
    • CHAPTER LI. Conticuere Omnes
    • CHAPTER LII. Intentique Ora tenebant
    • CHAPTER LIII. Where we remain at the Court End of the Town
    • CHAPTER LIV. During which Harry sits smoking his Pipe at Home
    • CHAPTER LV. Between Brothers
    • CHAPTER LVI. Ariadne
    • CHAPTER LVII. In which Mr. Harry’s Nose continues to be put out of joint
    • CHAPTER LVIII. Where we do what Cats may do
    • CHAPTER LIX. In which we are treated to a Play
    • CHAPTER LX. Which treats of Macbeth, a Supper, and a Pretty Kettle of
    • CHAPTER LXI. In which the Prince marches up the Hill and down again
    • CHAPTER LXII. Arma Virumque
    • CHAPTER LXIII. Melpomene
    • CHAPTER LXIV. In which Harry lives to fight another Day
    • CHAPTER LXV. Soldier’s Return
    • CHAPTER LXVI. In which we go a-courting
    • CHAPTER LXVII. In which a Tragedy is acted, and two more are begun
    • CHAPTER LXVIII. In which Harry goes westward
    • CHAPTER LXIX. A Little Innocent
    • CHAPTER LXX. In which Cupid plays a Considerable Part
    • CHAPTER LXXI. White Favours
    • CHAPTER LXXII. (From the Warrington MS.) In which My Lady is on the Top
    • CHAPTER LXXIII. We keep Christmas at Castlewood. 1759
    • CHAPTER LXXIV. News from Canada
    • CHAPTER LXXV. The Course of True Love
    • CHAPTER LXXVI. Informs us how Mr. Warrington jumped into a Landau
    • CHAPTER LXXVII. And how everybody got out again
    • CHAPTER LXXVIII. Pyramus and Thisbe
    • CHAPTER LXXIX. Containing both Comedy and Tragedy
    • CHAPTER LXXX. Pocahontas
    • CHAPTER LXXXI. Res Angusta Domi
    • CHAPTER LXXXII. Miles’s Moidore
    • CHAPTER LXXXIII. Troubles and Consolations
    • CHAPTER LXXXIV. In which Harry submits to the Common Lot
    • CHAPTER LXXXV. Inveni Portum
    • CHAPTER LXXXVI. At Home
    • CHAPTER LXXXVII. The Last of God Save the King
    • CHAPTER LXXXVIII. Yankee Doodle comes to Town
    • CHAPTER LXXXIX. A Colonel without a Regiment
    • CHAPTER XC
      • In which we both fight and run away
    • CHAPTER XCI. Satis Pugnae
    • CHAPTER XCII. Under Vine and Fig-Tree
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